The quick and convenient step by step guide to growing your Lemon Balm!
Lemon balm is grown for its aromatic heart-shaped and toothed leaves. When simply touched, pressed or bruised they releases an intense lemon fragrance. Fresh leaves reveal a sweet lemon zest taste with a hint of mint. During summer months the plant matures and small white flowers full of nectar appear. This nectar is harvested by bees for honey making. Lemon balm honey produces citrus flavors with mint undertones, much like the leaves it is derived from. Depending on the type of soil and amount of sunlight, this spreading perennial herb can reach heights of 1 to 3 feet with an equal spread. Like mint, lemon balm is quite hardy and can be overwintered as far north as hardiness zones 4 and 5. In general, your plant will be larger and more productive when grown in full sun and fertile, loamy soil.
How to Grow Lemon Balm Seeds!
#1 | Start lemon balm indoors, sow seeds six to eight weeks before the last frost. Start with small pots filled with a light seed-starting mix and barely cover.
#2 | Sprinkle the seeds onto the soil, and with a flat hand, press the seeds into the soil. The seeds need light to germinate, so do not push them too deep.
#3 | Seeds should germinate in 7-14 days.
#4 | Once seedlings have their second set of true leaves, either thin them to one or two per pot or repot individual seedlings into larger containers. After all danger of frost has passed, seedlings should be set in the garden 12 to 18 inches apart.