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About This Plant...
Family: Labiatae
Genus and species: Melissa officinalis
Plant type: perennial
Height and width: 24-36 inches high; 24 inches wide
Location and soil: sun or light shade; rich, well-drained soil
Uses: fresh leaves in tea, soups, stews, sauces, salads, vegetables, and iced drinks; dried leaves in potpourris and sachets; bees like flowers
Propagation methods: seeds, division, and cuttings
Indoor Sowing...
Time needed to reach transplant size: 6-10 weeks
When to transplant to garden: 2-3 weeks before last spring frost
Outdoor Sowing...
When to sow outdoors: 2-3 weeks before last spring frost
Other Sowing Guidelines...
Approx. germination time: 14-21 days
Germination temp.: 70 degrees F.
Days to maturity:
Transplanting Guidelines...
Spacing between plants: 12 inches
Spacing between rows: 12 inches
Growing On...
Diseases: powdery mildew
Harvest: before the plant flowers, pick leaves as needed, or cut entire plant to 2 inches above the ground; for drying, place leaves on a wire rack in a warm, airy place, then store in an airtight jar
Growing tips: seeds need light to germinate; self-sows readily

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