Plant Care Bastard Balm

Bastard Balm

Also known as

Melittis and bastard balm


Melittis melissophyllum

How to care for Bastard Balm


How often to water your Bastard Balm

Water needs for Bastard Balm
0.5 cups
every 9

Bastard 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.

Water 0.5 cups every

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Finding light for Bastard Balm in your home

Light needs and placement for plant Bastard Balm: 6ft from a window
6ft or less from
a window

Bastard Balm can tolerate being far from a window and light source.

Place it less than 6 feet from a south-facing window to ensure it receives enough light to survive 💪.

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How to fertilize Bastard Balm

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

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Care Summary for Bastard Balm

Bastard Balm

Greg recommends:


0.5 cups every 9 days


< 6ft from a window


Repot after 2x growth

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

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