Lemon Balm Seeds
USDA Zones: 4 - 9
Height: 24 inches
Bloom Season: Early summer
Bloom Color: White
Environment: Partial shade
Soil Type: Moist, well-drained, pH 6.1 - 7.8
Temperature: 65 - 75F
Average Germ Time: 7 - 21 days
Light Required: Yes
Depth: Press seed onto surface of soil, do not cover
Sowing Rate: 1 seed per inch
Moisture: Keep moist until germination
Plant Spacing: Rows 18 - 24 inches a part; thin seedlings 12 inches
Lemon Balm (Melissa Odorata) - Start Lemon Balm seeds and grow the soothing, aromatic herb right on the windowsill! Lemon Balm's most popular use is in soothing herbal teas, where its lemon-scented volatile oils are released. Chopped fresh leaves are also good in salads, soups and stews. The dried leaves are also a perfect ingredient for potpourri and dream pillows. Lemon Balm is also known as Sweet Balm and a synonymous botanical name is Melissa officinalis.
Lemon Balm herb plants will bring the bees and hummingbirds to the garden! They love the fragrant flowers and fragrant heart-shaped leaves. At maturity, the herb plant reaches 12-24 inches tall and 12-18 inches wide. The Lemon Balm leaf can be picked at any time. Larger harvests can be obtained by snipping the upper half of the plant just above a node.
How To Grow Lemon Balm From Herb Seeds: Sow Lemon Balm seeds indoors 6 - 8 weeks before last frost. Use sterile starter mix, and sow the herb seeds on the surface. Do not cover the seeds. Transplant outdoors after frost danger has passed and seedlings have developed their second set of true leaves. For areas with a long growing season, directly sow Lemon Balm herb seeds outside in prepared soil.
Approximate Seeds Per Ounce: 40,000