HOW TO GROW FROM SEEDS
Lemon Balm is one of the easiest growing plant like all mint family. For outdoor culture, seed can be sown either in mid-spring after all danger of frost has passed or in early fall to late winter. But winter sowing has advantages over spring sowing. Winter-sown seeds have a feel for the seasons and germinate only when the weather is optimal. They also have higher germination rates, and their seedlings are hardier and grow more vigorously than those sown indoors. Sow seeds six to eight weeks before the last frost. Start with small pots filled with a light seed-starting mix and barely cover. Sprinkle seeds on the surface of the soil and then lightly scratch them in before watering. Seeds take seven to fourteen days to germinate at 70° Fahrenheit, but longer if indoor temperatures are cooler.
CARE AFTER GERMINATION
This is time to care the little plants. Once seedlings have their second set of true leaves, either thin them to one or two per pot or repot individual seedlings into larger containers. Be sure to leave ample space between lemon balm and nearby plants, as it has a penchant for sprawling and crawling. To keep plants tidy and within bounds, pinch or cut the stem tips back regularly throughout the growing season. And to prevent scraggly or spindly growth, divide mature plants every three to five years. That will help plants to grow more.
WHAT IS LEMON BALM
Lemon balm (Melissa officinalis) is a herb in the mint family. It is often used for culinary purposes to make teas, marinate chicken or fish, or flavor baked foods and jams. Lemon balm is also believed to treat a range of medical disorders affecting the digestive tract, nervous system, and liver. Often said to ease stress and anxiety, lemon balm contains a compound known as rosmarinic acid that appears to have potent antioxidant and antimicrobial properties.
Note: Information provided for guidance only, as cultural practices and climatic circumstances vary.
- Season: Winter
- USDA Zones: 3-7
- Days to Harvest: 70 Days.
- Height: Crawler
- Soil Type: Loam
- Temperature: Cold
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