Lemon Balm Growing Guide

All you need to know to grow successfully!

Plant Family:
Lamiaceae
Plant Type:
Perennial
Typical Season:
Season Typical
Typical Zones Grown In:
4,5,6,7,8,9,10
Growing Difficulty:
Easy

Planting Guidelines

The following are general guides to follow. However, nothing is set in stone. Feel free to experiment!

How to Start:
When to Direct Sow:
March,April
When to Start Indoors:
January,March,February,April,May,June,July,August,September,October,November,December
Sprouting Time:
10-14 days
Soil Temperature (C):
12-20
Depth:
1/4"
Spacing (cm):
18" to 24"
Row Spacing (cm):
18" to 24"
Sun Exposure:
Part Shade,Full Sun
Maturity Time:
80-90 days
When To Harvest:
May,June,July,August,September,October,November,February,March,April
How to Harvest:
The easiest way to harvest lemon balm is to snap leaves off stems with your fingers as often as needed for cooking or other purposes. The collected leaves can be used fresh or hung upside down to air-dry for later use. The dried herbs lose a lot of flavor, so if you're using it for food, fresh is usually best.

Health Benefits

Growing your own food is one of the best things you can do for your health. Let’s check out some of the health benefits!

Is It Edible?
Yes
Edible Parts:
Leaves
Potential Health Benefits:
Stress Reduction,Anxiety,Brain Health,Improves Sleep,cold sores,Digestive System,Nausea,Menstrual cramps,Headache,Toothache

Tips to Growing Organically

Growing without the use of pesticides and herbicides is easier than you may think and it’s better for the environment!

Companion Plants:
Fennel,onions,apples,Kale,Broccoli,Cauliflower,tomatoes,Squash,Brussel Sprouts
What Plants to Avoid:
Common Pests:
Common Disease:
Bonus Grow Tips:
Grow lemon balm indoors for year round production if you have adequate lighting. If you have a grow tent you can create a year-round herb supply quite easily. Lemon balm is also extremely good at pest management in your garden! Be sure to plant in a felt bag, pot, or raised bed that you don't mind being overgrown. Lemon balm will take over the garden or lawn fast if you let it.

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