Lemon Balm, a vigorous, self-seeding, perennial herb, was cultivated in Europe by 1551. Abercrombie noted in 1778, "so refreshing is the smell . . . that (it has) the first claim to a place in our gardens." Thomas Jefferson listed "Balm" among his garden herbs in 1794. It's lemon-scented leaves are useful in cooking, teas, and home remedies, and the rather insignificant flowers are very attractive to bees. Jefferson-documented: This plant was documented by Thomas Jefferson in his Garden Book, Notes on the State of Virginia, or other writings.
Sow seeds indoors 6-8 weeks before last frost date at 68 degrees F. Transplant to 3" pots once they have several true leaves, then harden off and plant outdoors after last frost. Approximately 140 seeds per packet.
|Exposure||Planting Method||Planting Depth||Days to Emerge||Plant Spacing||Size at Maturity||Zone|
|Full Sun to Light Shade||Transplant||Surface Show||10-20||12" apart||24"||4-9|
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