Lemon balm - Plant
Common name: Melissa officinalis
Bloom time: June to August
Height: 1.50 to 2.00 feet
Difficulty level: easy to grow
Planting & Care
Sow lemon balm seed ¼ inch deep. Thin successful seedlings to 8 inches apart and later to 18 inches apart. Space rows 18 to 24 inches apart. Lemon balm spreads by underground roots. To keep lemon balm from spreading, set it in the garden in a container that will keep the roots in place. Remove unwanted plants before they become established.
Sunlight: Full Sun to Partial Shade
Soil: well-drained soil
Water: Dry to medium
Temprature: 65 to 75 degrees
Fertilizer: Apply any organic fertilizer
- Cut back plants in fall leaving just 2 inches of stem.
- The plant may freeze back to the ground in winter but will re-grow from underground roots and re-new itself in spring.
Herb gardens. Border fronts. Naturalize as a ground cover in informal areas
- Lemon balm (Melissa officinalis), a member of the mint family, is considered a calming herb.
- It was used as far back as the Middle Ages to reduce stress and anxiety, promote sleep, improve appetite, and ease pain and discomfort from indigestion (including gas and bloating, as well as colic).
- The plant is used for ornamental purpose
Lemon balm is susceptible to verticillium wilt and mint rust. Prevent these diseases by removing dead stems and leaves from the garden in winter. Keep plants thinned to promote air circulation
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