Lemon Balm is a must for your herb garden! A hybrid, hardy, perennial shrub that can be grown year-round indoors and also outdoors in warmer climates. This herb has been traced back to ancient Greece and Rome where its uses have a unique medicinal history. The fresh, citrusy smell and scent make it a great herb for culinary and medicinal uses. Lemon Balm is known for its distinct bold lemon flavor. Melissa officinalis. 70 days to maturity. 1 gram (approx. 1,550 seeds per gram)
Best grown in USDA hardiness zones 3-8. Lemon Balm prefers slightly sandy, well-drained soil, it can have a tendency to bolt if exposed to too much water or not maintained properly. If you notice small flower buds, make sure to pinch them off. Harvest the leaves as soon as the plant is established and put on new growth. The plant can tolerate a little shade but requires at least 5-6 hours a day of sun. Lemon Balm is a rapid grower outdoors, mature size runs between 1.5 to 2 feet tall and 1.3 to 3 feet wide.
For more tips and tricks on growing Lemon Balm, check out our Growing Guide!
Lemon Balm Planting Information
Planting Method: transplant and direct seed
When to Plant: early spring
Planting Depth: 1/4″
Seed Spacing: 12-18″
Row Spacing: 18-24″
Days to Maturity: 70 days
Disease Resistance: n/a
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