Learn how to grow lemon balm with this easy to follow guide. Get tips on sun requirements, when to plant, feeding, and when to harvest.


What soil is good for Lemon Balm?

Rich, well draining soil


How much sun does Lemon Balm need?

Full sun to partial sun

Frost Tolerant

Is Lemon Balm frost tolerant?



How much space does Lemon Balm need?

Roughly 45cm apart 


When should I plant Lemon Balm?

Set transplants in the garden after the last spring frost.

Transplant in the early morning or evening and/or on an overcast day. Avoid planting at peak sun times or on windy days, this will allow your plants to settle in comfortably and protect them from windburn and sunburn.  


What do I feed Lemon Balm?

Generally not required if the soil is prepared well, although a light application of organic fertiliser can be used if required.


When can I harvest Lemon Balm?

Harvest the leaves throughout the season by trimming upto 1/3 of the stem at a time, starting from the top of the plant. 


What pests does Lemon Balm get?

Generally pest free, may be affected by Aphids, Slugs and Snails.


What diseases does Lemon Balm get?

 Generally disease resistant, may develop Root Rot or Powdery Mildew.


Is there anything else I need to know about Lemon Balm?

Control the spread of Lemon Balm by cutting back the flowers in summer to stop them from reseeding in the garden. 

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