(Best months for planting Lemon Balm in USA - Zone 5a regions)
S = Plant undercover in seed trays. P = Plant direct in garden where they are to grow.
Lemon balm will grow from seed or cuttings. It self seeds readily and can become a nuisance if not checked.
Leaf shape is somewhat like mint and it likes to spread in the same way.
Pleasant lemon scent, released when a leaf is crushed.
Will grow in sun or part-shade. Lemon balm is shallow rooted so needs some water in hot dry weather. Does not like constant wet soil though. Attracts bees.
As a herb tea or added to fruit punch.
Can be used to replace lemon, used sparingly, in desserts and with stewed fruit.
Chop leaves into salad.
Better used fresh than dried.
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