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Growing Lemon Balm

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Post Mon May 07, 2018 7:28 pm

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This is my first post here so bear with me (I'm here specifically with this question in mind but know that this forum could be a great resources as I grow as an herbalist).

For my first ever herb I've decided to grow is Lemon Balm. I know that it's a hardy, part shade plant, so I thought it would be a great addition to go below my window (in the ground) on the western side of my house, so I planted two young Lemon Balm plants (about 4 inches tall at that point). Being by my house means that it doesn't get direct sun until about 1:00 pm.

In general, I wanted the communities opinion on this placement, as well as any recommendations for care as the plants grow.

I watered the two plants when I first planted them, and then there was a storm that has kept the ground moist for a few days now. From research, I've learned that I shouldn't water again until the ground has become dry to the touch.

Like I said, the plants don't get direct sunlight until about 1 pm, and then I'd guess (I should check and just KNOW) that they have that sunlight for about 5-6 hours.

Are there any recommendations for the care of this plant beyond what I'm already doing? Is my research correct? Are there any great plants to go along with lemon balm that would benefit from a part shade area as well? (I've read chives and wild celery, etc...)

Thank you to anyone who reads and any insight is of the utmost value to me. Thank you!

~Luke A. Griffin
~ Luke A. Griffin

Post Tue May 15, 2018 3:14 pm

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Hi and welcome. :)

Lemon balm is indeed easy to grow, but it doesn't tolerate extreme heat too much. (It has a tendency to curl up and wilt in afternoon sun in the summer, especially in desert climates). Morning sun is much more tolerable, so next year transplant it to the other side of your house instead. Lemon balm does transplant well. It also is easy to propagate from cuttings. You're right, it doesn't like to be over watered, though right now, since it is getting afternoon sun, that moist ground will help keep it a bit cooler and less likely to wilt.

Post Thu May 24, 2018 9:54 pm
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That ought to work for lemon balm. :0)

Welcome to the forum.


Post Fri May 25, 2018 9:36 pm
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With adequate dirt transferred with the plant and adequate water after I have transplanted Lemon Balm any time the ground is not frozen.

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