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Lemon Balm [melissa officinalis]

Lemon Balm [melissa officinalis]

Regular price €2,50 EUR
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Tips to reduce water use

We recommend mulching the beds.
Experience has shown that covering the ground with hay or straw can reduce evaporation by 80%. Keeping the beds evenly moist will create an optimal moist microclimate under the mulch. This not only helps the plants to grow, but also reduces the water consumption enormously. 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 crop 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. Drying out the soil causes a huge reduction in the micro- and macro-organisms in the soil, resulting in an infertile soil.
Tests have shown that the addition of water to the entire bed is lower over a longer period of time than if it is only poured selectively. Due to the small volume of the poured areas, as opposed to the large dry volume, they dry out faster than if the entire volume of the bed were filled with moisture.
Similar to heating in an apartment.

Maintaining an energy level always requires less energy than having to reach this level again and again.

Shippping and pickup information

We offer CTT shipping for seeds worldwide! With us you always get a tracking number to track your parcel. The shipping costs differ depending on the continent.
Here is a list of regions and prices:

National Shipping Portugal (with Azores and Madeira Islands)
Envelope or Parcel up to 500g = €4.50
Parcel up to 2kg = €8
Parcel more than 2kg = €16

Europe shipping
Envelope up to 100g = €7
Parcel up to 500g = €9.50
Parcel up to 1kg = €14
Parcel up to 2kg = €20
Parcel more than 2kg = €40

United States shipping
Envelope up to 100g = €8.50
Pa up to 500g = €15.50
Parcel up to 1kg = €24
Parcel up to 2kg = €33.50
Parcel more than 2kg = €67

World shipping (to all other areas)
Envelope up to 100g = €7
Parcel up to 500g = €14
Parcel up to 1kg = €21
Parcel up to 2kg = €31.50
Parcel more than 2kg = €63

After completing your order when you check out, you will receive an order confirmation email from us with your tracking number.

Pick up
You can pick up your order at any time by appointment at our farm or at the markets we visit. The possible pick-up options will be displayed to you directly when you check out.

Markets we visit can be found above in the menu bar under"Market Dates"

Lemon balm is an old perennial spice and medicinal plant that can live for 25 to 30 years. It is native to the Eastern Mediterranean and Western Asia and is an important component in aromatherapy. 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

Lifecycle: Perennial
Days until harvest: 200 days
Plant hight approx: 100 cm
Root type: Deep and shallow rooter
Nutrient requirements: Medium
Water requirements: Medium
Winter hardiness: until -34°C
Location: Semi shady until sunny
Soil: Permeable, rather dry, rich in nutrients, rich in humus

pH value: 6 to 7

Information on sowing and planting
Germ type: Light germinator
Sowing depth: 0 cm
Best germination temperature: 18-22°C
Germination time: 7-21 days
Plant-, row distance: 35x35 cm

Optimal mix culture: 
Unfavorable mix culture: 

Planting information
In areas with mild winters, lemon balm can be sown all year round at temperatures of 18 to 22 °C. In northern, cooler areas, sowing takes place at identical temperatures by pre-cultivation in spring from March to May. Direct sowing outdoors after the last frosts from May is also possible. Due to the naturally irregular and lower germination rate, pre-growing the seeds is generally recommended.
This variety thrives ideally in a sunny to partially shaded location with moderately dry, nutrient-rich and humus-rich soil. This plant does not require any special care. Avoid waterlogging.

Other names
Latin botanical names: melissa officinalis
English names: Lemon balm
German names: Zitronenmelisse
Portuguese names: Erva-cidreira
Spanish names: Bálsamo de limón
French names: Mélisse, Baume au citron

In addition to the essential oil, lemon balm contains ingredients such as citral, citronellal, geraniol and linalool. Lemon balm also contains tannins, flavonoids, rosmarinic acid, chlorogenic acid, caffeic acid, resin and mucilage as well as some vitamins and trace elements.

Potent germination capacity: 3-4 years

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  • Our seeds are always checked for germination quality at regular intervals
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