HOW TO GROW FROM SEEDS
Lemon Balm is one of the easiest growing plants like all mint families. Outdoors, seed can either be sown in mid-spring after all dangers of frost have passed or in early fall to late winter. But winter sowing has advantages over spring sowing. In the wintertime, seeds are sown and germinate at the optimal time based on the weather conditions. Compared to seeds sown indoors, they produce harder and more vigorous seedlings, which have higher germination rates. Sow seeds six to eight weeks before the last frost. Small pots containing a light seed-starting mix should be filled lightly with the mix. Sprinkle seeds on the surface of the soil and then lightly scratch them in before watering. In colder temperatures, seeds can take up to fourteen days to germinate.
CARE AFTER GERMINATION
The time has come for the little plants to be cared for. Plant seedlings into larger containers when they have their second pair of true leaves. Thin them to just one or two per pot after the second set of true leaves emerges. Lemon balm has a tendency to sprawl and crawl, so make sure to leave plenty of room between it and nearby plants. Plants need to be controlled and kept tidy during the growing season by pinching or cutting back stem tips. If your mature plants are scraggly or spindly, divide them 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. Often used to flavor baked goods or teas, it is also used to marinate chicken and fish. Other medical disorders treatable with lemon balm include those affecting the digestive system, nervous system, and liver. There is evidence that the compound rosmarinic acid in lemon balm may have antioxidant and antimicrobial properties, making it a popular herb for relieving stress and anxiety.
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
- Kingdom: Plantae
- Clade: Tracheophytes, Angiosperms, Eudicots, Asterids
- Order: Lamiales
- Family: Lamiaceae
- Genus: Melissa
- Species: M. officinalis
- Uses: Beneficial Herb
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