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Quedlinburger Niederliegende is higher in essential-oil content than other lemon balms. The list of reasons to love and grow lemon balm is endless – it has culinary, cosmetic and medicinal values, and a beautiful lemon scent. The tongue-twister of a name hails from the town of Quedlinburg, which sits just north of the Harz mountains in Germany’s Saxony-Anhalt region. Meanwhile, ‘Niederliegende’ can be translated from German as ‘procumbent’, a botanical adjective meaning ‘growing along the ground without setting roots forth’. This easy-to-grow perennial belongs in every garden!
LATIN NAME: Melissa officinalis
NAME: Lemon Balm
VARIETY: Quedlinburger Niederliegende
QUANTITY: 140 seeds
PLANT SIZE: Height 30 cm Width 40 cm
CONTAINER SIZE: Height 25 cm Width 25 cm
COMPANION PLANT: Tomatoes, basils, chamomile, borage, mints, chives, parsley.
HOW TO GROW
SOWING: Indoor Not required Outdoor Feb-July
TIMING: Germination 7-15 days Harvesting 40-60 days
SPACING: When sowing 2-3 cm When thinning 3-5 cm
GROWING: Sunlight Full sun to partial shade. Soil Well drained, light and moist soil.
Watering Regular watering, not overdone. Feeding Addition of fertilizer is not necessary.
CARING: Expert tip To keep lemon balm vibrant, trim the plant to about 30 cm high after the plant has stopped blooming for the season.
SUPPORTING: Pollinators. Attracts bees, butterflies and ladybirds.
PESTS: Repels mosquitos and fleas.
HOW TO EAT
Lemon balm can be picked at any time, but some of the flavour is lost after flowering. Choose young, bright-green and tender leaves to appreciate the citrusy flavour at its peak!
Medicinal properties Place lemon balm sachets under your pillow for a refreshing, relaxing night’s sleep. Why not give it a go? The smell alone is sure to lift your spirits.
How to eat Add lemon balm to fruit salads, herb butters and sorbets, or use it to add a citrus hint to refreshing fruit drinks and cocktails like the delicious Lemon Balm Honeysuckle. Its lemony flavour also makes it a perfect choice for sauces and marinades for fish.