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Organic Lemon Balm

Brand: Peaceful Valley    Item Number: SNV8394

$1.99

In Stock! Ships from Northern CA.

$1.99

In Stock! Ships from Northern CA.

Description

Lemon Balm - Mellissa officinalis

Perennial Lemon Balm is a member of the mint family and has fragrant lemon-scented leaves and clusters of small white flowers that are attractive to bees. Lemon Balm's botanical name "Melissa" is Greek for "honey bee". The leaves can be used for flavoring teas, ice cream, fruit or in pesto and also have medicinal qualities. Lemon Balm is often included in sachets and potpourris.

Did You Know? Lemon Balm is used as a flavoring in some toothpastes.

Soil and Water: Lemon Balm does best in well-drained sandy soil with moderate watering.

Planting and Growing: Start seeds indoors 6-8 weeks before the last frost. Lemon Balm grows in USDA zones 4-9 but will need well drained, sandy soil and a winter mulch to survive in colder zones. It readily self-seeds and clumps will expand over time.

Harvesting and Storage: Leaves can be harvested at any time, but best flavor is from leaves harvested before the plant flowers and used fresh. Leaves can also be dried flat or hung, frozen in ice cube trays with water or processed in a dehydrator.

Soil Temperature: 70°F
Planting Depth: 1/8"
Germination: 14-21 Days
Height At Maturity: 24"-36"
Sun/Shade: Partial Sun
Spacing After Thinning: 12"-15"
Approx Seeds per Pack: 100 Seeds

Photo by Jess, Beemouse Labs on Flickr available under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 license. Peaceful Valley Farm & Garden Supply brand vegetable seeds are guaranteed to germinate. Once the seeds have sprouted, please understand that Peaceful Valley cannot be held responsible for the many uncontrollable growing and climatic conditions that must be met to insure the success of your crop(s). Peaceful Valley brand vegetable seeds are all non-GMO and Certified Organic.
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Features

  • Attracts Bees/Butterflies
  • Attracts Hummingbirds
  • Container Compatible
  • Does Not Require Support
  • Good for Drying
  • Open-Pollinated
  • Plant Spreads
  • Requires Summer Water
  • Shade Tolerant

Characteristics

Seed Unit Sizes Seed Pack Organic Status Certified Organic Product
Plant Usage Attracts Bees/Butterflies, Attracts Beneficial Insects, Attracts Birds, Culinary Herb, Medicinal Plant Germination Requirements Warmth
Life Cycle Perennial Planting Time Spring
Approximate Harvest Time Early Summer, Late Summer, Early Fall, Late Fall Ideal Soil Temperature 70°F
Sun Requirements Full Sun/Part Sun Useful Plant Part Leaves
Growth Habit Upright Starting Location Direct Sow, Start Indoors & Transplant
Soil pH 6.1 - 7.5
Seed Unit Sizes Seed Pack
Organic Status Certified Organic Product
Plant Usage Attracts Bees/Butterflies, Attracts Beneficial Insects, Attracts Birds, Culinary Herb, Medicinal Plant
Germination Requirements Warmth
Life Cycle Perennial
Planting Time Spring
Approximate Harvest Time Early Summer, Late Summer, Early Fall, Late Fall
Ideal Soil Temperature 70°F
Sun Requirements Full Sun/Part Sun
Useful Plant Part Leaves
Growth Habit Upright
Starting Location Direct Sow, Start Indoors & Transplant
Soil pH 6.1 - 7.5

Planting & Care

Soil and Water: Lemon Balm does best in well-drained sandy soil with moderate watering.

Planting and Growing: Start seeds indoors 6-8 weeks before the last frost. Lemon Balm grows in USDA zones 4-9 but will need well drained, sandy soil and a winter mulch to survive in colder zones. It readily self-seeds and clumps will expand over time.

Harvesting and Storage: Leaves can be harvested at any time, but best flavor is from leaves harvested before the plant flowers and used fresh. Leaves can also be dried flat or hung, frozen in ice cube trays with water or processed in a dehydrator.

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Shipping Information

Shipping Weight: 0.01 lbs. Dimensions: 4.5"L x 3.25"W x 0.1"H

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