Melissa officinalis. Delicious accent to seafood dishes. The fresh lemon scent is a refreshing addition to teas and potpourri. May also be used in furniture polish and insect repellent recipes. Height 24”. Approximately 500 seeds/Pkg. Zone 5.
Easily grown from seed; germination is best when seed is uncovered. Ensure that the planting medium does not dry out while the seeds are germinating.
Enjoys well-drained soil in full sunlight. Leaf growth may be slow the first year, and more vigourous thereafter. Harvest before the plant flowers, for optimum fragrance. Cut the entire plant about 2 inches above ground. Dry quickly to prevent the leaves from turning black. Lemon balm should be dried within 2 days at temperatures between 90 and 100 degrees F. Place on a wire rack to dry. Store in an airtight container.