How to Sow Giant Sweet Purple Lemon Herb Seeds
Also known as purple bee balm, horsemint or monarda citriodora, this variety of herb will grow to be around 4 feet in height. Once fully grown, adult plants can spread over 3 feet in diameter. Native to southern coasts of the USA and Mexico, purple lemon herb has a sweet lemon aroma. Originally a member of the mint family, it is commonly added to cake mixes, in wines and liqueurs. Adding a citrus zing to dishes and drinks, this variety of herb is easy to grow and maintain in UK weather conditions.
Growing Purple Lemon Bee Balm from Seeds
- Seeds can be started indoors, on a windowsill or in a greenhouse or conservatory. Only start outdoors, after there is no more danger of frosts. Start in seed trays, or sow where intended to grow in warmer months,
- Ideal germination temperatures are from between 18-15 degrees. Sow 1/8″ deep in a quality seed compost. Ensure it is free draining, and does not retain pooling water.
- Plant in a location which receives full sunlight, keeping the soil moist but not over watered. Germination can take from between 10-30 days, allow time for seeds to germinate. Low temperatures can decrease germination rates.
- Once seedlings reach a height of 3″ transplant to their final growing location. Leaving a spacing of at least 6 inches between plants.
- Adult purple lemon herb plants will grow quickly, and be more tolerable to cooler climates. Flowers should begin to bloom around Autumn time.