How to Grow Lemon Balm | Guide to Growing Lemon Balm

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How to Grow Lemon Balm | Guide to Growing Lemon Balm  



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Fresh leaves burst of lemon when squeezed. A truly delightful tea made from the dried leaves is our favourite anytime tea as it both stimulates the heart and calms the nerves. Fresh chopped leaves are also interesting in salads, soups and stews.


Perennial, (zones 4-9)

7-14 days at 65-75 ° F

2 years

Moist, well-drained

Part shade to full sun


8-12" apart

70 days

Growing Guide
Lemon Balm can grow to a height of about 24" with fragrant heart-shaped leaves.


Lemon Balm will grow best in full sun to part shade, and prefers a moist, well-drained, medium rich soil.


The small seeds are easy to germinate, and require light to germinate. For best results, start indoors approximately 6-8 weeks prior to the average last frost of the spring. Lightly tamp seeds into surface of the soil and keep moist.

Transplant to a larger container once the the start has developed its second set of true leaves. Gradually harden the plant for transplanting outdoors by exposing to increasing amounts of sunlight. Do not transplant until the final frost of the season has passed.


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Harvesting Guide
Leaves can be picked at any time. Larger harvests can be obtained by snipping the upper half of the plant just above a node.


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