Melissa Officinalis Lemon Balm
Balm / Lemon Balm
Balm, also known as lemon balm from its aromatic leaves, is an easily grown perennial and an excellent flavouring substitute for lemon peel. One or two plants will suffice for most families; in fact, unless you are careful, self-sown seedlings may quickly become a nuisance, so the plant should best be grown in an out-of-the-way spot. The mature plant is 300-600 mm (12-24 in) high.
Sow one or two seeds from April to June. Minimum preparation is required but, to get the plants off to a good start, heavyshould be lightened. Alternatively, sow a few seeds in a half pot or small box, indoors or out, and transplant the seedlings when they have developed a few leaves. Keep the soil weed-free and watered until the plants are well established. Harvest the leaves of Melissa Officinalis Lemon Balm when bushy clumps have developed. Clumps may become large and need dividing after a year or two.
Site: Almost anywhere except in deep shade
Soil: Almost any; very heavy soils should be lightened
Sow: Spring to summer
Harvest: When required