Plant Care Lemon Balm

Lemon Balm

4.8 out of 5 (16 experiences)

Lemon Balm has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower
Lemon Balm has a Browns easily plant personality Browns easily

Also known as

Common Balm and Balm Mint


Melissa officinalis

How to care for Lemon Balm


How often to water your Lemon Balm

Water needs for Lemon Balm
0.5 cups
every 9

Lemon Balm 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 Lemon Balm

Water 0.5 cups every

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Finding light for Lemon Balm in your home

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

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

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

Lemon Balm does not tolerate low-light 🚫.

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How to fertilize Lemon Balm

Nutrient, fertilizer, and repotting needs for Lemon Balm: 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 Lemon Balm after it doubles in size or once a year—whichever comes first.

Difficulty Level

Lemon Balm is generally considered an easy-to-care-for plant and makes a great choice for beginners!

Water Needs
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Growth Pattern
Growing Outdoors

Care Summary for Lemon Balm

Lemon Balm

Lemon Balm

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

Lemon Balm has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower 11
Lemon Balm has a Browns easily plant personality Browns easily 4
Lemon Balm has a Large, lush leaves plant personality Large, lush leaves 3
Lemon Balm has a Easy to propagate plant personality Easy to propagate 3
Lemon Balm has a Survivor plant personality Survivor 3
Lemon Balm has a Pet friendly plant personality Pet friendly 2
Lemon Balm has a Pest magnet plant personality Pest magnet 2
Lemon Balm has a Blooms easily plant personality Blooms easily 1
Lilac avatar
leaf-1 7 Plants
xp 106 XP
globe Saint James, New York

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

Pet friendly Pet friendly
Browns easily Browns easily
Fast grower Fast grower
Nieve avatar
leaf-1 4 Plants
xp 45 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, Missouri

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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