Lemon Balm Planting and Care Guide
Quick Facts About Lemon Balm
Lemon Balm herb plants will bring the bees and hummingbirds to the garden! They love the fragrant flowers and fragrant heart-shaped leaves. In addition to attracting pollinators, Lemon Balm is used to make herbal teas that are known to help reduce stress and anxiety and promote sleep.
Directly sow Lemon Bee Balm seeds in the garden once spring has arrived and frost danger has passed. The herb seeds can also be started indoors 6 - 8 weeks prior to the end of frost season and transplanted outside after frost danger has passed.
Lemon Balm plants perform best in soil that drains well. Wet soils can cause root rot. The plants need full sun to partial sun.
How to Plant Lemon Balm
- Start the herb seeds indoors in starter trays for transplanting out
- Harden off and transplant out 8 - 12 inches apart
- Or, work the garden soil 6 - 8 inches in depth
- Amend the soil with compost to help improve the drainage of the soil
- Broadcast the Lemon Balm seed over moistened soil
- Do not cover the seeds because they need light for germination
- Keep seeds moist for germination
Care And Maintenance
- Lemon Balm needs little water, so let it dry out inbetween irrigations
- Frequent trimmings will promote a bushier growth
- For harvesting, clip some leaves from the plant before flowering
- Leaves can be used fresh in salads or cooked, and they can be dried and kept in jars