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Balm Lemon Seeds

Botanical - Melissa officinalis


Seed Count:
420 Seeds
Usually despatched within 24 hours
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Price £1.38

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420 Seeds.

Other Names - Balm Mint…

The leaves of Balm Lemon have a strong lemon flavour and aroma when crushed and are ideal for adding to salads, salad dressings, cooked dishes, oils and especially refreshing in herbal teas. It has a similar appearance and habit to mint in that it is very vigorous and invasive and therefore best if grown in containers, especially if the garden is small.

  • The flowers are loved by bees.
  • Eat the leaves fresh in summer, freeze or dry for winter use.
  • Makes excellent herbal balm tea.

Suitable For - Containers, vegetable plot, ground cover, raised beds, flower borders, wildlife gardens, cottage gardens, patio's

Sowing Months - March - May

Harvest - June - October

Uses - Flavouring in soups, stews, fish dishes, poultry, fruit cocktails, oils, salad dressings, herbal tea, medicinal etc.

Soil Preperation

Add some well rotted manure or compost to the soil a few weeks before sowing or planting. If the soil is heavy clay or the drainage is poor mix in a generous amount of sand and gravel to the soil. Remove any weeds from the area.

General InformationSowing & Planting Information
Habit Perennial Module Grown & Transplants
Type Bushy habit Distance between plants 40 cm
Position Full sun, light shade Distance between rows 40 cm
Average height 50 - 90 cm Direct Sowing
Average spread 45 - 60+ cm Sowing distance between plants N/A
Hardiness Hardy Distance between rows 40 cm
Overwintering Yes Sowing depth 2 mm
Soil Ph   Germination temperature 20 to 24℃
Soil condition Fertile, moisture retentive soil RHS Bee friendly No
RHS Award winner No Days to germination 10 - 28 days

Sowing Guide

Early Sowing/Module Sowing

Sow the seeds thinly on the surface of moist but not sodden compost in trays, pots or modules.
Cover the seeds with a light sprinkling of vermiculite or fine compost.
Place in a propagator or if preferred place in a clear polythene bag and seal. Do not exclude light as the seeds need light to germinate. Germinate at the temperature suggested above.
Avoid overwatering. The compost should be kept slightly dry.
Once the seeds have started to germinate remove from the propagator or bag and place in cooler but not cold conditions. Protect the young seedlings from frost.
Once the seedlings are large enough to handle transplant into 7 - 10 cm pots.
Grow on in a frost free greenhouse or cold frame, keeping the compost moist but not sodden.
Plant out when all risk of frost has passed.
Harden off over 7 - 10 days before planting out to reduce shock.

Direct Sowing

For best results sow the seeds indoors.

Growing On

Water the young plants well until established.
Water established plants frequently in dry conditions.
If the plants become tired and untidy, trim with garden shears to encourage a new flush of growth.
Protect the plants over the winter months by applying a generous mulch of compost in late autumn.
To keep the plants vigorous and to avoid overcrowding lift and divide established balm lemon plants in spring.


Harvesting of leaves can start as soon as the plants are a good size and are growing strong.
The leaves can be dried or frozen for winter use.


Lemon balm will self seed and spread vigorously. To prevent this dead-head fading flowers regularly.

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