How to grow Lemon balm

Lemon balm grow and care – shrub‎ of the genus Melissa and also known as balm, Lemon balm perennial evergreen plant and also used as fragrant plant, can grow in mediterranean, subtropical or temperate climate and growing in hardiness zone 4-11.

Lemon balm leaves

Leaves color green, the size 2-4, the shape elliptic to heart shape, the flowers small white grow on stalk.

Lemon balm can be used to attract pollinators, recommend to grow it under trees that bloom in the summer

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How to grow Lemon balm growing and care:

Moist, rich soil, mulch

What is the best way to start growing?
Plant / Seed / Vegetative Reproduction

Is it necessary to graft or use vegetative reproduction?

Difficulties or problems when growing:

Planting season:
Spring, summer, autumn

Pests and diseases:

Pruning season:
Autumn / Winter

How to prune:
Prune the flower stalk

Size of the plant?
20-130 cm, 8-52 inches

Growth speed in optimal condition:
Fast growing / Medium growing

Water requirement:
Small amount of water

Light conditions in optimal condition for growing:
Full Sun / Half Shade / Full Shade

Is it possible to grow indoor as houseplant?

Growing is also possible in a planter /flowerpot / containers:

Blooming information

Bloom season:
Summer / Autumn

General information about the flower
Small white flower grow on stalk

Thinning the bloom:
Recommend to thinning if there is no need in pollinator better for the leaves

Pollination is done by:

Vegetative Reproduction

Vegetative Reproduction Method:
Cutting, bending a branch over and covering it with earth

Preferred time for vegetative reproduction:
Spring / Summer

Time to grow roots in vegetative reproduction:
2-4 weeks

Treatment for vegetative reproduction:
Bending the branch – the same as grown plant, Cutting – moist, shadow, well drained soil

Edible leaves

Leaves harvesting season:
All year

How to harvest the leaves?
Next to the branch or all the branch minimum 3-5 cm from the ground

Information about leaves:
Green leaves, the size 2-4, the shape elliptic to heart shape

Uses of Lemon balm leaves:

Scientific name:

Melissa officinalis

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Blooming Seasons
  • Autumn flowers
  • Summer flowers
Edible Parts
  • Edible leaves
Culinary uses
  • Beverage
  • Herbs
Flower colors
  • White flower
  • Mediterranean Climate
  • Subtropics Climate
  • Temperate Climate
Harvest Season
  • Autumn Harvest
  • Spring Harvest
  • Summer Harvest
  • Winter harvest
Ornamental parts
  • Ornamental leaves
  • Ornamental plant
Plant growing speed
  • Average growing plants
  • Fast growing plants
Plant life-form
  • Evergreen
  • Perennial plant
  • Shrub
Plant Uses
  • Fragrance
  • Indoor plants
  • Medical uses
  • Ornamental plants
Planting Season
  • Autumn Planting
  • Spring Planting
  • Summer planting
Plants sun exposure
  • Full sun Plants
  • Part shade Plants
  • Shade Plants
Watering plants
  • Small amounts of water
Hardiness zone
  • Hardiness zone 10
  • Hardiness zone 11
  • Hardiness zone 4
  • Hardiness zone 5
  • Hardiness zone 6
  • Hardiness zone 7
  • Hardiness zone 8
  • Hardiness zone 9