Description – A bushy herb, Lemon Balm resembles mint in appearance, with a strong lemon scent when rubbed. The leaves make a calming balm tea. Height to 50cm (20in) but can be trimmed.
Can be invasive. Best grown in a pot/container.
Sowing – Sow seeds March to May. Place seeds on the surface of seed compost and cover with a sprinkling of compost or vermiculite. Place in a propagator or seal container inside a polythene bag and keep at 20-25C (68-77F) until after germination which takes up to 21 days. Keep compost on the dry side at all times. Do not exclude light.
Growing – Transplant seedlings when large enough to handle into trays or pots. Grow on in cooler conditions for a few days before planting out after all risk of frost, 3cm (12in) apart.
Aftercare – Apply a mulch of compost for added winter protection.
Harvest – July to October