Lemon Balm Growing Guide

Soil

Rich well-drained soil.

Position

Any sunny spot.

Frost tolerant

A cold-hardy perennial, lemon balm can survive temperatures to -20F (-30C).

Feeding

Not generally required.

Companions

Squash, Tomato and Beans.

Spacing

Single Plants: 1′ 11″ (60cm) each way (minimum)
Rows: 1′ 11″ (60cm) with 1′ 11″ (60cm) row gap (minimum)

Sow and Plant

Start with a purchased plant, or obtain a rooted piece from a friend or neighbor who has an established clump. Lemon balm can be transplanted from early spring to early summer. You also can start seeds in late winter, and set out the seedlings in spring. Lemon balm grows into a rounded mound.

Notes

Lemon balm is very easy to grow. Locate it where leaves can be conveniently picked, crushed and sniffed.

Harvesting

Gather sprigs as needed in the kitchen. Gather stems for drying or steeping into tinctures in early summer, just before the plants bloom.

Troubleshooting

Control lemon balm’s spread by cutting back flowering stems in late summer.