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Lemon Balm [Melissa officinalis]

Lemon Balm [Melissa officinalis]

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Tips to reduce water requirements

We recommend mulching the beds
Experience has shown that by covering the floor with hay or straw, evaporation can be reduced by 80%. If you keep the beds evenly moist, an optimal humid microclimate will be created under the mulch. This not only promotes the growth of plants, but also enormously reduces water consumption. On our farm we only water every 2-3 days and irrigate a 200 m2 cultivation area in the Algarve in Portugal with 500l of water. Our beds are always moist, which promotes plant growth and harvest quality.

It is also advisable to keep the beds moist at all times, even if the bed is not used for a certain period of time
The desiccation of the soil leads to a huge decline in micro-and macro-organisms in the soil, resulting in a barren soil over time. Tests have shown that the water content in the entire bed with full-scale irrigation remains longer than if watering is only carried out selectively. Due to the small volume of the poured surfaces, in contrast to the large dry volume, they dry out faster than if the entire volume of the bed is filled with moisture. Similar to heating in an apartment.

Maintaining an energy level always requires less energy than having to achieve it again and again.

Shipping and pick-up information

We offer CTT shipping for Saagut Europe and USA far! With us you will always receive a tracking number to track your package. Shipping costs differ depending on the shipping region. Here is a list of regions and prices:

National Shipping
Portugal (with the Azores and Madeira Islands)
Envelope or package up to 500g = € 3.50
2 kg Bus Package = 8 €
Package over 2 kg = 16 €

Europe Shipping
Envelope up to 100g = 7 €
500g Bus Package = 9,50 €
1kg Bus Package = 14 €
2kg Bus Package = 20 €
Package over 2kg = 40 €

USA Shipping
Envelope up to 100g = € 7.50
500g Bus Package = 15,50 €
1 kg Bus Package = 24 €
2 kg Bus Package = 33,50 €
Package over 2 kg = 67 €

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Lemon balm is an old perennial spice and medicinal plant with a long tradition that can live 25 to 30 years. The species comes from the eastern Mediterranean and western Asia, it is also an important part of aromatherapy. The plant forms a rhizome with short, underground foothills and oblong short-pointed leaves. The pleasantly strong lemon scent of the fresh herb keeps flies away. The lemony-fresh taste of the leaves goes well with many dishes such as summer salads or as a refreshing tea. Attractive and important bee pasture.

General information
Plant family: Lamiaceae
Life Cycle: Perennial
Days to harvest: 200 days
Plant height approx.: 100 cm
Root Type: Deep Root
Nutrient requirements: Weak Eaters
Water Requirements: Low
Winter hardiness: Up to-34 °C
Location: Sunny to partially shaded
Floor: Permeable, sandy, loamy, humos

PH: 6 to 7

Sowing and planting information
Germ Type: Light germ
Seed Depth: 0 cm
Optimal germination temperature: 18-22 °C
Germination time: 7-21 days
Planting, row spacing: 35x35 cm

Optimal mixed culture: Tarragon, sage, chives, thyme
Unfavorable mixed culture: Dill, basil, wine diamond, fennel

Subtropic climate (Mediterranean) (e. g. B. Portugal, Spain, Italy)
From February to October, sow directly in the open air or prefer in a small bowl.

Moderate climate (e. g. B. Germany, Switzerland, Poland)
Sow directly into the open air from mid-May to August or prefer in a small bowl.

Sow directly in rows, as a litter or pre-cultivate. In the pre-culture, sow the seeds in a small bowl and let the seedlings grow to the first visible lemon balm leaves, then pik into the desired container. After peckering, let the seedlings grow at moderate temperatures until they are planted out as seedlings. The planting of the seedlings in the bed is carried out from the 2nd Pair of leaves after the cotyledders.
Lemon balm prefers a sunny and warm location with permeable, light loamy, sandy and humus-rich soil.

Additional tips
Due to the naturally irregular and lower germination rate, it is generally advisable to pre-breed the seeds. Buck culture possible. In order to quickly obtain a fine, crumbly and well-drained soil, an additional incorporation of biochar and primeval rock flour is recommended.

Type of propagation
Spread occurs via seeds.

Care Plants
Avoid dehydration. When the first buds are set or the leaves are yellowing, cut back the plant to stimulate a new shoot. Fertilization was only necessary for bucket culture.

Germination ability of seeds: 3-4 years

Other Names
Botanical names: Melissa officinalis
English Names: Lemon Balm
German names: Lemon Balm
Portuguese names: Erva-cidreira
Spanish Names: Bálsamo de limón
French names: Mélisse, Baume au citron

  • Made in harmony with nature
  • All seeds and seedlings are genetically stable for further propagation
  • Our seeds are always checked for germination at regular intervals
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