Lemon Balm

Melissa officinalis
200 seed pk
  • Medicinal and culinary herb
  • Pleasant lemon flavour used in tea
  • Perennial 50cm                                                                                                                                                                                         Perennial growing to 50cm. Bushy upright plant with wrinkled green leaves and small pale yellow flowers. Leaves have a pleasant lemon flavour and are commonly used to flavour summer drinks, teas, desserts and salads. Has many medicinal uses. Can be used in potpourri. Attract bees. Also known as "Bee balm".
 

$3.50 inc GST

$3.50 inc GST

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Product Description
Planting Guide

Product Description

The lemon balm plant (Melissa officinalis) is actually a member of the mint family and is a perennial herb. It grows as a bushy, leafy herb with a pleasant lemon smell and small white flowers. If not carefully controlled, lemon balm can quickly become invasive in the garden. Often, people mistakenly think that lemon balm is invasive due to its roots, like its cousins peppermint and spearmint, but in fact it’s the seeds of the lemon balm plant that cause this herb to suddenly take over a garden. Removing the flowers of the plant as soon as they appear will make your lemon balm far less invasive. Lemon balm plants tend to be pass-along plants that a gardener ends up with from plant swaps or as gifts from other gardeners. As a gardener you may be wondering what to do with lemon balm, and what lemon balm is used for exactly. While not as popular as other herbs, lemon balm is nevertheless a wonderful herb to have in your garden. Growing lemon balm is very easy. The plants aren’t picky about where they grow and will grow in almost any soil, but they prefer rich, well drained soil. Lemon balm plants will grow in part shade to full sun, but flourish best in full sun. It isn’t recommended that you fertilize lemon balm, as this can cause the strength of its scent to be reduced. Lemon balm is easily propagated from seeds, cuttings or plant divisions. Once established, lemon balm can produce large amounts of its sweet, lemon smelling leaves. These leaves can be used for a variety of things. Most commonly, lemon balm leaves are used in teas and potpourris. You can also use lemon balm in cooking, in making essential oils and as an insect repellent.

 

 

 

 

 

Planting Guide

Method: Direct or Seedling Trays
Planting Depth: 3mm
Germination: 7-14 days at 19-21°C
Life Cycle: Hardy perennial
Plant Height: 50cm
Row Spacing: 50cm
Plant Spacing: 50cm
Position: Part or full sun, moist well drained soil
Days to maturity/flowering: 60-70 days
Other: Can be invasive.
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