How to grow Melissa
Lemon balm can easily be grown in the garden with all kinds of terrain, the results will be better if the ground is fresh and light. A partially shaded area is preferred.
Let’s see in detail how you can proceed.
As mentioned Melissa loves a fresh medium and deep, suffers from heat and dryness, it can stand the cold and is also good in mezzombra. It is a hardy plant that does not require particular fertilization. For sowing must wait until spring. Lemon balm can be sown from seed, piantandola in seedbeds in March and then subsequently trapiantandola garden. More simply, it can reproduce by dividing its clumps in spring or autumn.
The Melissa officinalis seedlings can in fact multiply by division of clumps burying the seedlings at a distance of about 30 cm so that they have enough space to grow and thicken; in this period the plants will be watered abundantly; only when the plants have taken root well watering will be reduced so as not to compromise the aromatic content of the plants.
It is often important to soak the lemon balm, especially during the summer are fundamental regular watering. To get a good production of leaves is important to a continuous supply of water but at the same time keeping an eye on the aromatic content which decreases significantly with the excessive use of irrigation.
Among the pests it is recalled that the melissa can harm aphids, while the plants as root rot diseases, to prevent avoiding stagnation of water in the vicinity of the crop.
Let’s see the collection and preservation. Of melissa using the leaves and the flowers, the best times to harvest are July and October, the leaves I can eat fresh or can be dried in a dry, dark rooms. This aromatic plant is very well preserved in the freezer.