Quedlinburger Niederliegende is higher in essential-oil content than other lemon balms. The list of reasons to love and grow lemon balm is endless – it has culinary, cosmetic and medicinal values, and a beautiful lemon scent. The tongue-twister of a name hails from the town of Quedlinburg, which sits just north of the Harz mountains in Germany’s Saxony-Anhalt region. Meanwhile, ‘Niederliegende’ can be translated from German as ‘procumbent’, a botanical adjective meaning ‘growing along the ground without setting roots forth’. This easy-to-grow perennial belongs in every garden!
LATIN NAME Melissa officinalis
NAME Lemon Balm
VARIETY Quedlinburger Niederliegende
QUANTITY 140 seeds
PLANT SIZE Height30 cm Width40 cm
SOWING IndoorNot required OutdoorFeb-July
TIMING Germination7-15 days Harvesting40-60 days
SPACING When sowing2-3 cm When thinning3-5 cm
GROWING SunligthFull sun to partial shade. SoilWell drained, light and moist soil. WateringRegular watering, not overdone. FeedingAddition of fertilizer is not necessary.
CARING Expert tipTo keep lemon balm vibrant, trim the plant to about 30 cm high after the plant has stopped blooming for the season.
SUPPORTING Pollinators Attracts bees, butterflies and ladybirds. Pests Repels mosquitos and fleas.
HARVESTING Lemon balm can be picked at any time, but some of the flavour is lost after flowering. Choose young, bright-green and tender leaves to appreciate the citrusy flavour at its peak!
EATING Medicinal propertiesPlace lemon balm sachets under your pillow for a refreshing, relaxing night’s sleep. Why not give it a go? The smell alone is sure to lift your spirits. How to eatAdd lemon balm to fruit salads, herb butters and sorbets, or use it to add a citrus hint to refreshing fruit drinks and cocktails like the delicious Lemon Balm Honeysuckle. Its lemony flavour also makes it a perfect choice for sauces and marinades for fish.