Lime Balm
Melissa officinalis 'Lime'
Uses: Culinary/Medicinal/Beverage/Aromatic Duration: Perennial (hardy in zones 5-9)
Although is is almost identical in appearance to lemon balm, the scent is closer to that of lime! Like mint, lime balm will grow quickly with little maintenance! Can be dried and used for tea and is handy to have around the kitchen. Medicinal properties are similar to lemon balm. You can harvest a mature plant anytime! Although if you do big harvests, cut the stems about 2 inches from the ground, leaving the first set of leaves (This can usually only be done around twice a season), or harvest a few leaves at a time as you need! For optimal flavour, harvest the leaves just before it flowers, in the morning when the oil concentration is highest. Too much sun will blacken the leaves, so hang in a cool dry place out of direct sunlight. Keep leaves in big pieces after drying to retain the oils. Height 12-24 inches.
P1240-900 Plants $6.95/ea, $18.75/3 plants, $66.60/12 plants
Currency: United States Dollar

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