Basics

Ease of Growing
Easy
Grown as
Perennial
Growing Habit
-
Hardiness
Hardy

Lemon Balm is hardy down to zones 4, but can survive down to zone 3 if mulched.

Crops
Spring Transplant, Spring
Growing Season
Short, Long
Cultivar Type
-
Growing Conditions
Cold, Cool, Warm, Hot

Lemon Balm is pretty adaptable and will grow just about anywhere.

Outdoor Growing Temp
45°F - 85°F
Min Outdoor Soil Temp
55°F

Start outdoors when 55˚ F.

Start Indoors
Yes
Start Outdoors
Yes
Light
Sun: min. 6 hours daily (Cool, Warm, Hot)

Lemon Balm prefers full sun, but is mildly shade-tolerant.

Water
Moderate

Requires constantly moist soil, make sure it never dries out. Keep Lemon Balm well watered but be sure not to overwater to the point that soil is soggy. Lemon Balm will survive periods of drought, but won't taste as well.

Feeder
Light

Lemon Balm is such a vigorous grower that it does not need much fertilization. Some compost before planting will help it get established, and a feed of calcium every 3 - 4 years can be beneficial.

Suitability
Drought tolerant, Tolerates light frost, Tolerates hard frost, High heat, Needs summer shade
Small Gardens?
Yes
Containers?
Yes

An excellent candidate for container gardening. It's recommended to use a 15 to 18" container, and divide the plants each Fall to discourage them from becoming root bound.

Attracts beneficial insects?
Yes
Color
Fruit Size
-"
Plant Height
18.0-24.0"
Plant Diameter
12.0-18.0"
Hardiness Zone
4-9
Disease Resistance
Taste Profile

Lemony flavor.