time needed for seed maturity?

Asked June 21, 2017, 4:10 AM EDT

I am going to attempt to manually pollinate some lemon balm (Melissa Officinallis) this year, for th purpose of seed production/harvest. I am wondering (approx) how much time from pollination until seed maturity? And then as a follow up (is tht allowed?), any tips for seperating th seed pod husks' from th seeds would be very much appreciated. Thankx for your time and help with this matter... ~n..

Clackamas County Oregon seeds horticulture

1 Response

Thanks for your lemon balm pollinating question. Lemon balm is a perennial herbaceous plant of the mint family appreciated for its abundant lemon scented leaves. Vigorous leaf pruning encourages continued leaf growth and discourages flowering. The lemon balm life cycle starting from seed begins with 10-14 days indoor germination 6 to 8 weeks before last frost then transplant out into a sunny location for shrubby growth. Late in the life cycle, flowers bloom and the leaves lose vigor, Allow the flowers to fully mature on the plant. As the flowers begin to fade, cut the flowers with stems and put them into a brown bag to fully dry and release the seeds. The mother plant will die down with winter frost and then renew again the following Spring. In mild weather zones 9 and 10 lemon balm stays green all winter.