MELISSA officinalis 'Gold Leaf'
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|Special Features:||Striking golden foliage in spring. Whitish to pale-lilac, hooded flowers.|
|Historical:||Introduced by JELITTO PERENNIAL SEEDS in 2005.|
|Basic Colour:||(white / cream)|
|Flower Colour:||whitish to pale-lilac|
|Natural Flowering Period:||May - July|
|Winter Hardiness Zones:||Z3 - Z9|
|Foliage:||heart-shaped, bright gold leaves in spring, changing to light green, fragrant lemon aroma|
|Height with Flowers:||40 cm|
|Spacing between Plants:||40 cm|
|Soil Requirements:||well-drained / average|
|Characteristics:||ornamental foliage plant / medicinal plant / tea herb / culinary herb / groundcover|
|Usage:||honey-bee food plant|
|Grams per 1000 seeds:||0.58824 Gram|
|Seeds per Gram
(does not correspond to the number of plants!):
|Gram to get 1000 plants
(if sown directly into pots etc. you will need a larger quantity):
|Sowing Rates/Trays:||2 - 3 per cell|
|Plug tray recommended size(s):||128 / 288|
(16) See 15 with the exception of germination being slower and more irregular. This poses no problems.
(15) Rapidly germinating, keep seed in constant moisture (not wet) with temperatures of about +20°C [68°F]. Seeds must be covered thinly. Do not cover very small seeds, but tightly press into the earth. Keep in cooler conditions after germination occurs.
|Best Sowing Date
(northern Hemisphere, Field condition):
|Sowing to Germination:||2 - 3 weeks|
|Germination to Transplant:||4 - 8 weeks|
|Transplanting to Potting:||6 - 10 weeks|
|Container Size(s):||1 plug per 8/9 cm (3 1/2") / 1-2 plugs per 11/12 cm (4 1/2")|
|Fertilizer:||Medium (150-200 ppm)|