Plant Care Lemon Balm

Lemon Balm

4.8 out of 5 (18 experiences)

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! 🐝

Taxonomy

Melissa officinalis
Melissa
Lamiaceae
Lamiales

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
9

Does your plant get direct sunlight?

Select the pot size

5"
Light

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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 🚫.

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.

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!


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Propagation
Yellow Leaves

Care Summary for Lemon Balm

Lemon Balm

Lemon Balm


Greg recommends:

Water

0.5 cups every 9 days

Placement

< 1ft from a window

Nutrients

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
@@Stardusthipster
leaf-1 3 Plants
xp 198 XP
03/17/2022

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
@@Stardusthipster
leaf-1 3 Plants
xp 198 XP
03/17/2022

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
@@lilac
leaf-1 7 Plants
xp 106 XP
globe Saint James, NY
06/15/2021

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
@Nieve
leaf-1 7 Plants
xp 86 XP
06/14/2021

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

Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Fast grower Fast grower
@Kenzie04 avatar
@@Kenzie04
leaf-1 5 Plants
xp 184 XP
globe Kansas City, MO
06/09/2021

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
@Kayden
leaf-1 3 Plants
xp 91 XP
05/24/2021

My lemonbalm is so cute and I love the smell.

Fast grower Fast grower
Survivor Survivor

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