Plant Care Balm Mint

Balm Mint

4.8 out of 5 (18 experiences)

Balm Mint has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower
Balm Mint has a Easy to propagate plant personality Easy to propagate

About Balm Mint

Lemon balm is a lemon-scented herb in the mint family 🍋. The leaves and oils are commonly used in herbal medicine and as a flavoring! Their genus name, Melissa, is of Greek origin and means honey bee, since their flowers are loaded with nectar that bees love! 🐝


Melissa officinalis

Also known as

Lemon Balm, Lemon Balm and Common Balm

How to care for Balm Mint


How often to water your Balm Mint

Water needs for Balm Mint
0.5 cups
every 9

Balm Mint needs 0.5 cups of water every 9 when it doesn’t get direct sunlight and is potted in a 5" pot.

Use our water calculator to personalize watering recommendations to your environment or download Greg for more advanced recommendations for all of your plants.

Calculate water needs of Balm Mint

Water 0.5 cups every

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A plant's growing potential is determined from its location, the time of year, and current local weather.

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Finding light for Lemon Balm in your home

Light needs and placement for plant Balm Mint: 1ft from a window
1ft or less from
a window

Balm Mint love being close to bright, sunny windows 😎.

Place it less than 1ft from a south-facing window to maximize the potential for growth.

Balm Mint does not tolerate low-light 🚫.

Select your region to see how the current weather in your area affects the placement of Balm Mint in your home 🏡.


How to fertilize Balm Mint

Nutrient, fertilizer, and repotting needs for Balm Mint: repot after 2X growth

Most potting soils come with ample nutrients which plants use to produce new growth.

By the time your plant has depleted the nutrients in its soil it’s likely grown enough to need a larger pot anyway.

To replenish this plant's nutrients, repot your Balm Mint after it doubles in size or once a year—whichever comes first.

Difficulty Level

Balm Mint can be challenging to care for, according to some plant parents. Check out the reviews down below to learn from their experiences!

Water Needs
Sunlight Needs
Native Region
Growth Pattern
Growing Outdoors
Yellow Leaves

Care Summary for Balm Mint

Balm Mint

Balm Mint

Greg recommends:


0.5 cups every 9 days


< 1ft from a window


Repot after 2x growth

Based on the 4” pot your plant is in, and that it doesn’t get direct sunlight.

What other plant parents say

Balm Mint has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower 12
Balm Mint has a Easy to propagate plant personality Easy to propagate 5
Balm Mint has a Survivor plant personality Survivor 5
Balm Mint has a Browns easily plant personality Browns easily 4
Balm Mint has a Large, lush leaves plant personality Large, lush leaves 3
Balm Mint has a Pest magnet plant personality Pest magnet 2
Balm Mint has a Blooms easily plant personality Blooms easily 1
@Stardusthipster avatar
leaf-1 3 Plants
xp 198 XP

Dried leaves make a wonderful tea, but it will make you very sleepy

Fast grower Fast grower
Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Survivor Survivor
@Stardusthipster avatar
leaf-1 3 Plants
xp 198 XP

Medicinal, can be dried to make tea, do not drink the tea before cooking or driving, I almost fell asleep while cooking dinner

Survivor Survivor
Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
@lilac avatar
leaf-1 7 Plants
xp 106 XP
globe Saint James, NY

I loved it though it does dry out super easily. Made nice tea and my bunnies adored pruning it for me

Browns easily Browns easily
Fast grower Fast grower
Nieve avatar
leaf-1 7 Plants
xp 86 XP

The plants is easy to grow! Smell is really good.

Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Fast grower Fast grower
@Kenzie04 avatar
leaf-1 5 Plants
xp 184 XP
globe Kansas City, MO

Such an easy plant to propagate. Grows fast. Ants love to eat this guy up, so keep up off the ground. Does best in direct sunlight with moist soil. It will start to droop over if it needs water. The leaves taste just like lemon! Thinking of baking with it :)

Kayden avatar
leaf-1 3 Plants
xp 91 XP

My lemonbalm is so cute and I love the smell.

Fast grower Fast grower
Survivor Survivor

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