Lemon balm is a soothing herb, said to help reduce anxiety and improve sleep. This powerhouse plant is also an antiviral used as a natural remedy for upset stomachs. Use lemon balm on cakes, whip it into pesto, or steep it in tea.
Sprouts in: 1 - 2 weeks
Full size in: 4 - 8 weeks
Enjoy for: 8 - 12 weeks
In 1 month it should be ready for first harvesting. Just pinch off the tips of the plant. Cut the plant or collect some leaves.
If some leaves turn brown, feel free to cut them off with the stem- new leaves will grow soon from its growing point.
It’s easy to prune and basically not possible to harm it. You can even decide to cut the whole plant 5 cm / 2 inch above the ground or leave at least 2 pairs of true leaves to grow when it’s full grown to promote new growth.
Lemon balm is great for drying and this way you can save it for later. Lay them on a paper towel sheet and put them in a well ventilated area away from direct sunlight.
Depending on how much you love your Lemon Balm and how often you prune it, one pod may last up to 90 days.
If your plant is old and starts to degrade, feel free to remove the plant from the cavity and plant it outdoors. Lemon Balm will grow well as a perennial herb also in hardy climates.