How to Grow Lemon Balm
for a buzz and tingle!

They say a hot cup of herbal tea can do wonders. Learning how to grow lemon balm will provide you with many refreshing cuppas to lift your spirits and chase away those melancholy moods.

In fact, just brushing past and capturing the scent of it on a summer's day is an absolute pleasure to the senses

Maybe it's the fact that bees love it and you simply want to bring those busy pollinators into your garden. Whatever the reason, this herb is an essential for any herb garden.

How to Grow Lemon Balm
From Cuttings

The quickest way to grow lemon balm (Melissa Officinalis) is to split a clump at the roots and replant. The next is to take a soft cutting in Spring or Autumn from an existing plant. So I will explain how to do that first.

  1. Prepare a pot of compost by dampening it with a water spray bottle. Make a hole about 1 ½ inches deep with a pencil.
  2. Take a cutting from new fresh growth on an existing plant and cut about 4 inches just immediately below a leaf node. A node is where the leaves grow out from the stem.
  3. Try not to bruise or crush the stem by using tools other than a sharp cutting knife or a razor blade. Your cutting should be cut clean.
  4. Strip off any excess larger leaves that will only sap energy and leave only a couple of smaller upper leaves.
  5. Dip the end node into rooting powder or gel and insert into the hole in the compost and gently firm in your cutting.
  6. You need to keep your new plant in a warm, moist environment and away from drafts and strong take 3 or 4 garden sticks or skewers and push them down the inside wall of the pot.
  7. Place a clear polythene bag over the sticks to keep the moisture in. Don't allow the moisture to dry out and once rooted remove the polythene bag.
  8. When the weather is warmer plant in a sunny position but lemon balm doesn't like the hot midday sun in summer so provide some shade.

How to Grow Lemon Balm From Seed

You can successfully grow the herb from seed. They just take a little more time to sprout.

  1. Prepare the compost as before either in a seed tray or in a pot. Sprinkle seed over them with a thin layer of compost. Spray with water and cover the seed tray with a clear cover of some sort.
  2. Place the tray or pot in a warm and bright location. When the seeds sprout let air circulate by opening or piercing the cover. Remove when the plants have formed their first true leaves.
  3. Thin out by removing weaker seedlings and plant out after frosty days are over

I use natural plant pots that decompose so I don't need to disturb my young plant's root system. The pots can be directly placed into larger pots of compost and watered well.

Now you how to grow lemon balm try making tea and lip salve too if you suffer from cold sores.

Lemon Balm Tea

The main reason why lemon balm is popular in herb gardens is its use as an infused tea. .

  1. To make it, pick 3 or 4 leaves depending on their size enough to fill 3 teaspoons and crush them.
  2. Pour boiling water over the leaves and brew for 5 minutes.

Lemon Balm Lip Salve

Lemon balm is a great treatment for cold sores. With just a few ingredients and a little heating over a stove you can make this soothing ointment in minutes to dab on cold sores as soon as you feel that oh-so-familiar tingle on your lip.

To learn how to make Lemon balm see Grow Your Own Drugs by James Wong page 108

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