All about lemon balm, herb teas
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Melissa is a plant aromatic very melliferous and easy to grow in pots or in the garden.
Lemon balm is a perennial plant aromatic easy to grow and with very lemony leaves. It squeezes easily, especially if the soil is cool. Our practical tips will help beginners and confirmed gardeners to cultivate melissa with success in their garden and on their terrace.
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Melissa is a perennial plant that will grow easily in any soil. Prepare the soil by weeding it well and add compost to the soil is too poor and too heavy. Prefer a full sun exposure and plan at least 1 meter between each plant. A foot of adult lemon balm easily reaches 60 cm high. Lemon balm can also be sown under cover and transplanted from June in the ground. Do not tamp the earth too much and water copiously. Soil wins to be mulched and chained to keep the land clean and weed-free.
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Melissa lends itself very well to pot culture. Opt for a large bin where you can marry lemon balm and other aromatics useful in cooking. Proceed as for planting in the ground.
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Size and maintenance of lemon balm
Cut the lemon balm stalks as and when you need and start with the outer rods. This will limit growth lemon balm that can be invasive. Harvests can be done About 5 months after sowing and a few weeks after the installation of a plant. Proceed at night to avoid bee gatherings!
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Watering and fertilizer of lemon balm
Water lemon balm in dry weather and plan a good mulch and a regular hoeing to maintain a good freshness on the ground. If your soil is limestone and poor, enrich it with compost in autumn.
Diseases and parasites affecting lemon balm
Melissa is hardy but can be attacked by slugs, spread with Ferramol. Another enemy of melissa, powdery mildew, in a cold and humid climate. To be treated with horsetail manure.
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To know about lemon balm
Melissa has relaxing properties and is very commonly used in herbal tea and infusion mixtures. It is also antispasmodic and effective as a decoction during colon ailments.
The varieties of lemon balm to choose
There are many varieties of lemon balm. Some have golden foliage as the variety All Gold or variegated as the variety Aurea. We can also cultivate Lemon balm with a stronger scent, the orange melissa or Altissima, with an orange scent or melissa Lime whose scents draw on those of lime.
Gardener's tip on lemon balm
Be careful becauseThe roots of lemon balm spread and suck easily. Install lemon balm in a corner of the garden where it can thrive without you having to move it. She is very melliferous and attracts bees a lot. So be careful do not install it too close to the house.