Lemon balm is a delicious perennial herb that is very easy to grow. Whether it's used as a ground cover, the border along a fence line, or simply kept in a pot, it’ll add a full dose of medium-textured greenery and lemon zest to your garden. Its distinct lemon flavor is highly popular as you can imagine and is used in many dishes, drinks, teas, desserts, and more. Lemon balm grows quickly and requires very little attention. All around great herb to add to your space.
Days to Maturity: 70 days
Plant size: 12-36” tall
Plant spacing: 20-24” apart
Sun, soil, and water requirement: Lemon balm can grow in almost any condition but prefers partial shade and well-draining soil. Water when the top inch becomes dry.
Harvesting: Harvest leaves once your plant is 6-8 inches tall and just before the blossoms develop. Cut the topmost tender leaves as needed. Harvesting encourages the plant to grow new shoots, so the more you harvest, the more it’ll grow! To dry, cut stalks just before blooming, lightly rinse, remove damaged leaves, and gently lay on a paper towel to soak up surface moisture. Tie a few stems together and hang them to dry in a clean, dark place that receives good air circulation. Drying is complete when the leaves are completely dry and brittle. Store your lemon balm in big pieces in an airtight jar and only crumble them up when you're ready to use them. This will help retain its flavor.
Culinary: Lemon balm is very versatile and such a treat to have in your kitchen. You can add a few fresh leaves to a cold glass of iced tea, cocktail, or summer beverage. It also adds a gentle hint of lemon to your garden salad, salsa, chicken, or fish dishes. Lemon balm loses its flavor in cooking so best to add it at the end.
Nutrients: Lemon balm has been used medicinally for over a thousand years and has many nutritional benefits. It has been used to help reduce anxiety, treat insomnia, relieve digestive problems, and much more.
Special considerations: Lemon balm enjoys being harvested or pruned and will grow back twice as thick as before. Stressed-out plants respond well to being cut back and will naturally restore themselves with fresh, new growth in no time.
Companion planting: Plant your lemon balm with squash, melons, tomatoes, kale, broccoli, cauliflowers, brussels sprouts, onion, other herbs, and flowers. Lemon balm gets along with most plants and will help repel mosquitoes and squash bugs.
** Pots and plants may vary from the picture depending on the size and maturity ordered. All plants have been carefully hardened off and are ready to be transplanted into their permanent garden home or pot once delivered.
** Growing details provided are general. Conditions will change depending on your location, elevation, climate, rainfall, and accessible sunlight.
** Nutritional information is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or another qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.