MELISSA officinalis 'Gold Leaf'

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MELISSA officinalis 'Gold Leaf'

Golden Leaved Lemon Balm
[All Gold]
Select Item No. MA084

Quantitative Restriction

One Portion is usually sufficient for approx. 50 plants.
Please switch to gram for larger quantities.



Plant Description

Life Cycle: Perennial
Family: Lamiaceae
Origin: Europe
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
Flower: inconspicuous
 
Winter Hardiness Zones: Z3 - Z9
Foliage: heart-shaped, bright gold leaves in spring, changing to light green, fragrant lemon aroma
Growth Habit: bushy
Height with Flowers: 40 cm
Spacing between Plants: 40 cm
Soil Requirements: well-drained / average
Location:
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!):
1700
Gram to get 1000 plants
(if sown directly into pots etc. you will need a larger quantity):
2 Gram
Sowing Rates/Trays: 2 - 3 per cell
Plug tray recommended size(s): 128 / 288
Sowing Direction:

(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):
Anytime
Sowing to Germination: 2 - 3 weeks
Germination to Transplant: 4 - 8 weeks
Transplanting to Potting: 6 - 10 weeks
Cutting back at Transplanting: Cut-back once to keep more compact.
Container Size(s): 1 plug per 8/9 cm (3 1/2") / 1-2 plugs per 11/12 cm (4 1/2")
Vernalization: No vernalization required for flowering in the first year.
Forcing: This species is not a suitable candidate for forcing.
Fertilizer: Medium (150-200 ppm)
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