Melissa officinalis plant care and instructions
Cut back plants in fall leaving just 2 inches of stem. The plant may freeze back to the ground in winter but will re-grow from underground roots and renew itself in spring. Sow lemon balm seed one-fourth inch deep. Thin successful seedlings to 8 inches apart and later to 18 inches apart. Space rows 18 to 24 inches apart. Lemon balm spreads by underground roots. To keep lemon balm from spreading, set it in the garden in a container that will keep the roots in place. Remove unwanted plants before they become established.
Light – Full Sun to Partial Shade
Place – Bright indoors, Shaded outdoors
Water – Dry to medium
Fertilizer – Any organic fertilizer as needed
Temperature – 65 to 75 degrees F
Lemon balm is used as a flavoring in ice cream and herbal teas. Lemon balm (Melissa officinalis), a member of the mint family, is considered a calming herb. It was used as far back as the Middle Ages to reduce stress and anxiety, promote sleep, improve appetite, and ease pain and discomfort from indigestion (including gas and bloating, as well as colic)