Plant Care Lemon Balm

Lemon Balm

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

About Lemon Balm

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

Common Balm and Balm Mint

How to care for Lemon Balm

💦 Water

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

Does your plant get direct sunlight?

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☀️ Light

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 🚫.

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

🪴 Nutrients

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.

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💡 FAQs
⭐ Difficulty Level

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

Benefits of Growing Lemon Balm →

💦 Water Needs

Lemon Balm prefers for the soil to dry out between waterings and should be watered regularly. Use our water calculator to personalize watering recommendations to your environment or download Greg for more advanced recommendations for all of your plants.

Lemon Balm Root Rot →

☀️ Sunlight Needs

Lemon Balm requires abundant, bright and direct light. Place it less than one foot from a window to ensure it receives enough light to survive 💪. Select your region to see how the current weather in your area affects the placement in your home 🏡.

Lemon Balm Light Requirements →

Lemon Balm Direct Sunlight Needs & Tolerance →

🐶 🐈 👶 Toxicity

Lemon Balm is not known to cause harm to humans or pets. Regardless, if you, a family member, a cat, or dog has ingested any plant material, please consult a doctor or a veterinarian.

Lemon Balm Toxicity to Dogs →

💨 Humidity

Lemon Balm doesn’t require additional humidity. Plants absorb most water through their root system rather than their leaves, so the best way to provide humidity for your plants is through watering the soil.

Lemon Balm Humidity Needs →

🪴 Soil

Lemon Balm does best in well-draining soil. A good soil will contain lots of organic matter such as coco coir as well as perlite or vermiculite to help with drainage. Adding a handful of perlite to regular store-bought potting soil should do the trick!

Best Soil Mix for Lemon Balm →

When and How to Successfully Repot Lemon Balm →

💩 Fertilizer

Lemon Balm is a fast growing plant and may deplete the nutrients in its soil over time. Replenish them with a gentle organic fertilizer or compost every 1-2 months depending on your location and season. Fertilize more often during the growing season and in warmer and brighter climates.

How Much and When to Fertilize Lemon Balm →

🌎 Native Region

Lemon Balm is native to Europe and Asia.

🌸 Flowers

Yes, you may see your Lemon Balm bloom with the right amount of sunlight and water.

⬆️ ⬇️ Growth Pattern

Lemon Balm grows along the ground and sends out shoots which will spread across the soil.

How and When to Prune Lemon Balm →

🌦️ Growing Outdoors

USDA Hardiness Zone
Lemon Balm can be grown outdoors in USDA Hardiness Zones 3a-7b. Find your local hardiness zone here.

Lemon Balm Temperature Tolerance →

🌱 Propagation

Lemon Balm can be propagated by division into new individual plants.

  • Check to see if there is more than one plant. In some cases they may still be beneath the soil surface. If you feel confident, you may remove the soil to check for baby plantlets below!
  • If there are multiple plants growing, unpot the plant and gently tug the plants apart, being careful not to disturb too many of the roots. They may be connected by large root segments which you may need to break to free the plantlet.
  • Pot up the new plant in well-draining soil
  • Repot the parent plant back into its original pot

How to Propagate Lemon Balm →

🍂 Yellow Leaves

Yellow leaves aren’t always a reason to panic, and can be a normal part of a plant’s life cycle. Unless brand new leaves are turning yellow or all the leaves change color at once, it’s likely just your plant shedding old leaves.

Overwatering and root rot are the most likely cause of problems in Lemon Balm, since they are sensitive to wet soil. The leaves may also appear to be curling or drooping. Less often, yellow leaves are caused by underwatering, nutrient deficiencies, or pests.

Replace soggy soil with fresh, dry soil and download Greg to make sure your plant never gets overwatered again!

🧐 Troubleshooting

When troubleshooting a sad-looking houseplant, start by checking for signs of distress in its leaves, such as yellowing, browning, or drooping, which can indicate overwatering or nutrient deficiencies.

Inspect the soil moisture; too dry or too wet soil can cause problems.

Ensure the plant is getting the right amount of light, as too much or too little can stress it.

Finally, consider environmental factors like temperature and humidity, and adjust care routines accordingly to revive your plant.

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 12
Lemon Balm has a Easy to propagate plant personality Easy to propagate 5
Lemon Balm has a Survivor plant personality Survivor 5
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 Pest magnet plant personality Pest magnet 2
Lemon Balm 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
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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
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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 9 Plants
xp 106 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
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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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