Melissa officinalis ‘All Gold’ (Golden Lemon Balm) [20 Seeds]


Germination Information: I recommend these seeds for experienced seed-starters only, partly because they are very small and need careful handling and partly because they may require some patience. Start the seeds (gently pressed into the surface of the growing medium) in a pot indoors in late winter to mid spring or outdoors from late spring to midsummer. If no seedlings appear after 2 to 3 weeks, place the pot in a plastic bag and place it in your refrigerator for about a month before moving it back to a warm, bright place. (Remove the bag if the pot will be exposed to any direct sunlight.)

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‘All Gold’ lemon balm (also known as ‘Gold Leaf’) grows in slowly expanding clumps of bright yellow, lemon-scented and -flavored foliage. The leaves hold their color through the growing season but are especially vibrant in spring and early summer. The plants also produce tiny white flowers in summer.

Like the species form of this delightfully fragrant herb, golden lemon balm can self-sow, so you may choose to cut the plants to the ground before or soon after the flowers open to prevent re-seeding and to get a flush of fresh, colorful foliage too. Or, let the plants bloom—your bees will be thrilled!—and transplant or share the volunteers. I have not found any solid-green seedlings from this plant, but if you do spot them, you may want to remove them so they don’t crowd out the yellow-leaved plants.

Morning sun and afternoon shade, or light all-day shade, is usually best. In the cooler parts of its range, golden lemon balm can take full sun too, especially if the soil is on the moist side. Perennial; Zones 3 to 9.

Collected in September 2020. At least 20 very small seeds.

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