Lemon balm

Lemon balm

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Lot location: 5A.6

Lemon balm is a perennial herb; pretty by itself as an ornamental or delicious when used as a tea.

  • Plant lemon balm during the warm weather of late spring, once all chances of frost have passed.
  • Space lemon balm 20 to 24 inches apart in an area with partial shade and fertile, well-drained soil with a pH of 6.5 to 7.0.
  • Start the growing season off right by mixing several inches of aged compost or other rich organic matter into your native soil.
  • Check soil moisture every few days and water when the top inch becomes dry.
  • Maximize leaf production by regularly feeding with water-soluble plant food.
  • Harvest lemon balm leaves anytime once your plant reaches 6 to 8 inches tall; avoid harvesting more than one-third of the plant at a time.

Zone 4a