Melissa officinalis ‘All Gold’ (Golden Lemon Balm) [15 Seeds]

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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.)

One note: If you start these seeds outdoors, be sure to set the pot where it gets some shade during the hottest part of the day. This past summer, I had my seed pot in full sun and lost nearly all of the seedlings before realizing that they were getting sun-scorched soon after opening their first leaves. (Sown on June 23. the seeds started sprouting on July 6, with more seedlings emerging through the rest of the month.)

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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 early September 2023. At least 15 seeds. Shipping to US addresses only.

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1 review for Melissa officinalis ‘All Gold’ (Golden Lemon Balm) [15 Seeds]

  1. Kimberly B. (verified owner)

    I’m not sure if these came up or not. If they did, they were promptly eaten by gophers or bugs. The ones I started indoors didn’t germinate at all, not sure what I did wrong as I’ve grown lemon balm before without trouble, but who knows? Will try again next spring in larger pots and see what happens.

    Hi Kimberly. I sent you a refund for the seeds. It would be helpful to know if you tried giving the indoor-sown seeds an artificial chilling period when they didn’t sprout, as recommended in the germination information. [Edit: So glad we were able to connect, Kimberly. Sounds like the chilling period might have helped with the seeds, particularly in your climate. I’m going to tweak the germination advice to more strongly encourage fall-to-winter sowing. Thanks!]

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