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This variety will grow well in most regions of the United States.
Lemon Balm is native to south-central Europe, the Mediterranean region, and northern Africa. It has been used as a medicianal herb and the essential oil derived from the plant is popular in aromatherapy.
This variety works for
Lemon balm can be added to herbal teas and has been used to flavor ice cream and candies. It pairs well with fish and can be used as a substitute for basil in pesto.
You can sow seeds indoors or directly into the soil in mild areas starting around mid-spring.
Space your plants or seeds 6-8 inches apart in well fertilized soil. Plant your seeds 1/4-3/4 in. deep.
This is a "cut-and-come-again" plant so you can harvest leaves as they mature. Keep the leaves well watered and cool.
Mulching the soil around this crop can help protect the plant and keep roots cool and moist. In frost-free zones, this crop can be grow throughout the fall and winter.
Lemon Balm should be sown indoors in soil trays or pots 6-8 weeks before the last frost of your spring season. You can sow the seeds on the surface of the soil and they will germinate in 14-21 days. You can transplant your seedlings outdoors 2 weeks after the last frost of the season and place them 12 inches apart. You can plant Lemon Balm in full sun or partial shade. If you do not want the plant to self-seed, remove the seed heads as they form.
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