Lemon Balm Quedlinburger Niederliegende


Lemon Balm 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! 

Common name Lemon Balm
Latin name Melissa officinalis
Variety Quedlinburger Niederliegende
Quantity 140 seeds
Plant size Height: 30 cm
Width: 40 cm
Container size Height: 25 cm
Width: 25 cm
Companion plant(s) Tomatoes, basils, chamomile, borage, mints, chives, parsley.
Planting outdoors Feb to Jul
Germination 7 to 15 days
Harvesting 40 to 60 days
Planting 2 cm to 3 cm apart
Thinning 3 cm to 5 cm apart
Light Full sun to partial shade
Soil Well-drained, light and moist soil
Watering Regular watering, not overdone
Feeding Not required
Caring To keep lemon balm vibrant, trim the plant to about 30 cm high after the plant has stopped blooming for the season.
Beneficial wildlife Attracts bees, butterflies and ladybirds.
Pests Repels mosquitos and fleas.
Harvesting 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!
Eating 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.

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