Lemon Balm Growing Guide


Rich well-drained soil.


Any sunny spot.

Frost tolerant

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


Not generally required.


Squash, Tomato and Beans.


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.


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


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


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

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