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Herb of the Month

Lemon Balm

Melissa officinalis
Hardy Perennial
To 30 inches

     Lemon balm is one of the most wonderful herbs for tea. Its excellent lemon aroma and flavor make this herb a treat in everything from salads to any dish that requires the lemon flavor. Sadly, this easy-to-grow herb does not seem to be much in demand in most areas of the country. Commercial growers can increase sales of this herb by including recipes using lemon balm with each bunch or package.
     Lemon balm is a member of the mint family and, as such, has a reputation for being invasive. While the clumps do grow larger each year I have never found it to be difficult to contain. It does make a few runners each new season but these are easily redirected or cut off.
     This aromatic herb can be propagated by seed, stem cuttings, rooting the runners or division of the clump. Seeds require light to germinate so they should not be covered but rather sprinkled on top of the moist soil mix. Stem cuttings root quickly.
     Grow lemon balm in a location that receives full sun or partial shade with a rich, moist soil. Do space the plants at least 3 feet from each other to allow for future growth. They make a fine backdrop to shorter herbs in the garden.
     Flower spikes form in midsummer, which stops leaf production. Cut off these flowering stems 6 inches from the crown. The cut stems will regrow and new growth will emerge from the crown. Eventually the herb should be allowed to flower. After flowering it can be again cut back and you will be rewarded with abundant fragrant foliage again.
     Enjoy!

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