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Melissa officinalis, commonly called lemon balm, is a bushy herbaceous perennial of the mint family

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26 inch (15 cm) Grower Round Plastic Pot (Black)
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About Lemon Balm

Melissa officinalis, known as lemon balm, balm, common balm, or balm mint, is a perennial herbaceous plant in the mint family Lamiaceae, native to south-central Europe, North Africa, the Mediterranean region, and Central Asia. Wrinkled, ovate, medium green leaves appear in pairs on square stems.

Tiny, two-lipped, white flowers appear in the leaf axils throughout summer.

Plant Specifications

*above specification are indicative only. actual dimensions may vary by +-10%
Common Name Lemon balm
Maximum Reachable Height 1.50 to 2 feet
Flower Colour White to pale yellow
Bloom Time June to August
Difficulty Level Easy to grow

Planting and care

  • 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 renew itself in spring.

    Lemon Balm care

    Sow lemon balm seed one fourth 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
    Watering Dry to medium
    Soil Average, dry to medium, well-drained soils
    Temperature 65 to 75 degrees F
    Fertilizer Apply any organic fertilizer

    Lemon Balm special feature

    Herb gardens, Border fronts, Naturalize as a ground cover in informal areas.

    Lemon Balm uses

    Ornamental Use:

    • The plant is used for an ornamental purpose

    Medicinal Use:

    • 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)
    • Note: Please consult your health expert

    Culinary Use:

    • Lemon balm is used as a flavoring in ice cream and herbal teas

  • Frequently Asked Questions

    Where does lemon balm grow?

    You can grow Lemon balm outdoor where it will get 4-6 hrs. of direct bright sunlight.

    Are lemon balm plants perennial?

    Yes, Lemon balm is a perennial herb.

    How to cut lemon balm plant?

    Lemon balm plant Cut back the entire plant once a month after it reaches full size in summer. Cut the stems at a 45-degree angle about 1/2 inch below a node, where a leaf emerges from the stem.

    Can lemon balm grow indoors?

    You can grow successful lemon balm indoors where, it will get 4-6 hrs. of direct bright sunlight.

    How to water lemon balm plant?

    To water Lemon balm plant poke your finger/plain small stick into the soil to check the moisture. Water when topsoil (1-2 inches) feels dry to touch. Water thoroughly in the summer and reduce watering in the winter and rainy season.

    What is lemon balm plant used for?

    Lemon balm have culinary uses as well as medicinal uses. Use lemon balm in place of lemon peel in recipes and to flavor soups, sauces, vinegars and seafood. Lemon balm can help relieve stress and reduce anxiety. Also help ease insomnia and other sleep disorder. Note- please consult your health advisor before application or consuming of plants or plant parts.

    When to cut lemon balm plant?

    You can cut the Lemon balm plant in the summer season.

    Lemon balm plant edible?

    Yes, Lemon balm plant is edible. Note- please consult your health advisor before application or consuming of plants or plant parts.

    Why is my lemon balm plant turning yellow?

    The excess sun is responsible for turning the Lemon balm plant leaves yellow. Also Due to overwatering or less watering to plant, Lack of Nutrient, Disease infestation.

    Why is my lemon balm plant dying?

    These are the following reasons for dying Lemon balm plant 1.Due to overwatering or less watering to plant. 2.plant does not get proper sunlight. 3.Lack of Nutrient. 4.Disease infestation.

    How to identify lemon balm plant?

    Lemon balm is part of the mint family and like all mints have square stems. It is best known for its fresh lemon scent. Crush the leaves between your thumb and forefinger, its unmistakably lemony. The leaves are oval and have a toothed edge.

    Does lemon balm grow back every year?

    Lemon balm is a herbaceous upright perennial.it will die back to the ground then regrow from the roots in spring.

    Is lemon balm perennial?

    Yes, Lemon balm is a perennial herb.

    Does lemon balm plant keep mosquitoes away?

    Yes, As per the published research data Lemon balm plant keeps mosquitoes away.

    How to grow lemon balm plant?

    Plant is grown by seeds. Consider the following points to grow plant. 1. Pot size up to 6 upper diameter inch with drainage hole. 2. Sunlight- More than 6 hours of natural direct bright sunlight is required. 3. Soil- Soil or potting mixture should be well drained, fertile and nutrient rich. 4. Water- Water the plant when 1-2 inch surface soil layer feels dry to touch. 5. Fertilizer - Apply any organic fertilizer during the main growing season. Note - For further details check the product description on nurserylive.com

    How big does lemon balm plant get?

    Lemon balm grows upto 10-24 inches tall.

    Does lemon balm plant flower?

    Yes, Lemon balm tree has small white flowers.

    Can lemon balm grow in water?

    Yes, you can grow Lemon balm in water.

    Why are my lemon balm leaves turning brown?

    The main reasons leave turning brown are as follows 1.Due to overwatering or less watering to plant. 2.plant does not get proper sunlight. 3.Lack of Nutrient. 4.Disease infestation.

    Can lemon balm grow in shade?

    Yes, Lemon balm herb grows well in the shade where it will get indirect bright light.

    How to harvest lemon balm plant?

    You can harvest handfuls of lemon balm leaves for fresh use almost any time during the growing season(summer).

    Does lemon balm plant spread?

    Yes, Lemon balm plants can spread.

    Can lemon balm grow outside?

    Yes,you can grow Lemon balm outside where it will get 4-6 hrs of bright direct sunlight.

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