lemon balm

Melissa officinalis

When you rub lemon balm leaves between your fingers, you'll smell a strong lemon scent. Great scent in the garden. Lemon Balm can survive Carolina winters (when mulched and protected) but does like full sun, some afternoon shade is helpful.

Lemon Balm likes to have rich,moist well drained soil and for optimal growing conditions, the garden soil pH should be between 5 and 7.5 . when it is looking leggy a good pruning is in order to keep it looking its best.

Lemon Balm when happy can become invasive just as mint can be so planting in pots is always an easy way to avoid this. Lemon balm reproduces primarily through underground rhizomes. Or you can propagate lemon balm by taking cuttings from existing plants, or by digging up existing plants and dividing them (divide in the spring or fall).

If dividing, make sure that each “new” plant has approximately 6 shoots). Plant them at least 1 foot apart. or start new plants in pots.

Season of Bloom
2-3 feet tall.
well drained.
full Sun part shade
root cuttings or start from seed