A delightful lemon fragrance issues from leaves that are brushed.
A delightful lemon fragrance issues from leaves that are brushed and the leaves make a wonderful tea. Plants grow 30 cm (1') tall in containers and to 60 cm (2') in height when planted in the garden. We suggest growing this herb in partial shade on droughty soils. Lemon Balm, which is a member of the mint family, may self-sow and establish adventive stands. The nectar filled white flowers are a major attractant for bees. Lemon Balm is a perennial reliably hardy to Zone 5 and to Zone 4 with winter protection.
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How To Grow
1600 seeds per gram. Sow seed directly outdoors in late May or again in late August/early September in a sunny spot with average soil. Plant seed 4 mm (3/16") deep and 6 mm (1/4") apart then thin to 30 cm (12") apart. Seed can be started indoors in a soil-less mix 6-8 weeks before last frost date. Keep at 20 C (70 F) for the 10-14 day germination period, then grow on at a slightly cooler temperature before hardening off and planting out after the danger of frost has passed.
Blooming Season Begins
Start Indoors or Sow Direct in Spring or Late Summer
Days to Emergence
10 to 14
Medium %2860 to 80 cm%29%2824%22 to 32%22%29
Days to Harvest
Degree of Difficulty
Leaves are used to make tea.
Used to attract bees and for honey production.