Monarda "Lemon flavor"
- Brand: Plazmas
- In a pack: 0,05 g
- Availability: 7
Monarda "Lemon flavor".
A bright long-flowering plant - a honey plant with shoots exuding a wonderful aroma and unusual pink-purple flowers, attracts bees and butterflies to the garden. The bright flowers of lemon monarda are attractive not only in color, but also in their unusual shape. They form two or three, and sometimes more, flower "floors" at the ends of the stems, growing one from the other. This species is especially interesting for growing on personal plots, since it can be used not only as an ornamental, but also as a gingerbread and medicinal plant.
All parts of the plant have a strong, pleasant, slightly spicy aroma. The leaves, stems and flowers contain essential oil, which has the same components as basil, mint, lemon balm and has antimicrobial and antiseptic properties.
Monarda is widely used as an additive to tea - just a couple of leaves will give a cup of tea an exquisite aftertaste, a seasoning for meat dishes and salads to whet appetite and improve digestion.
Agrotechnics: The plant is unpretentious, cold-resistant, prefers light neutral soils (does not tolerate acidic and very moist peat soils). It responds well to organic fertilization.
Monarda is photophilous, but it also tolerates partial shade. For seedlings, seeds are sown in March-April, the depth of seeding is 0.5-1 cm. Pick in the phase of 1-2 true leaves at a distance of 3-4 cm from each other. Landing in the ground to a permanent place in late May - early June. Can be grown in a seedless way. Sowing in open ground in May, followed by picking and replanting to a permanent place. Planting scheme 40x50 cm.
Care consists in weeding, fertilizing and watering if necessary. For harvesting for future use, plants are cut during the period of mass flowering at a height of 20-25 cm from the soil surface. Monarda does not lose its smell when dried, dry raw materials retain their aroma for up to 2-3 years (it is better to store it as a whole, and not in crushed form).
Eng.: Bergamot, Scarlet Beebalm, Scarlet Monarda, Oswego Tea or Crimson Beebalm. Sven.: Röd temynta. Suom.: Punaväriminttu.