How to grow Lemon Balm at home?
Lemon balm, aka Melissa officinalis, is a perennial herb that belongs to the mint family. Native to the Mediterranean region, it is also cultivated in many parts of the world. A culinary staple that possesses medicinal and ornamental purposes, lemon balm can grow up to 2 to 3 feet in height. Characterized by its bright green, oval-shaped leaves, its mild lemon scent awakens the senses. Beyond its leaves, the plant produces small white flowers, pale pink flowers, or purple flowers in the summer —the perfect centerpiece for your indoor abode.
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DAYS TO SPROUT
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Care & Harvest
Eliminate leaves that show brown spots. Conduct a monthly inspection of the roots, trimming those that are either brown or protruding beyond the yPod.
Regular harvesting extends the lifespan of the plant. Remove single leaves by pinching or use sanitized shears to snip stems above the growth nodes. When the plant attains a height of 10 inches, start trimming the more substantial outer leaves. For continuous growth, make sure to harvest no more than one-third of the plant’s height at once.
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Why Grow Lemon Balm Indoors?
Are you an avid gardener or someone looking to start your own herb garden? Consider growing lemon balm indoors for a delightful addition to your home. The advantages of cultivating this versatile herb inside your living space are plentiful.
Enjoy the pleasure of year-round production
The cold winter months can drastically limit your food choices, but with an indoor gardening system, you can ensure having a consistent supply of fresh lemon balm leaves packed with nutritional value and superior taste. Easily accessible, you can easily concoct daytime meals and soothing evening teas and infusions before heading to bed. Having your own potted lemon balm plant in your kitchen allows you to incorporate its vibrant flavor into your cooking and all year round.
Make the most out of your available space
Limited space shouldn’t hinder your gardening ambitions. Lemon balm is an ideal choice due to its compact size and adaptability to indoor environments. Its small and manageable size allows you to grow it in containers, even in small apartments or homes with limited outdoor space. You can create a vibrant herb garden on your windowsill, balcony, or any sunny corner, enhancing your living area with the natural beauty and refreshing scent of lemon balm.
Ease of care
Easy to grow, the lemon balm plant is renowned for its resilience and ease of cultivation, making it an ideal choice for both novice and experienced gardeners. Belonging to the mint family, it shares the same characteristics including adaptability and vigorous growth.
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What do you need to grow lemon balm indoors?
Are you ready to embark on the journey of growing lemon balm indoors? There are a few key things to pick up on to ensure the health and vitality of your herb. Whether you’re a seasoned gardener or just starting out, these essentials will set you on the right path to starting your green oasis:
- Lemon balm needs well-draining soil with a slightly acidic to neutral pH level. A soil pH range of 6.0 to 7.5 is considered optimal for its growth;
- Use a high-quality potting mix that provides good drainage to avoid waterlogging and to promote healthy root development;
- Choose compost or organic matter which can further improve the soil’s fertility;
- Choose a container that is at least 8-10 inches deep and has adequate drainage holes to prevent water saturation at the roots. Opt for a pot that allows for sufficient space for the plant’s root system to grow;
- Good air circulation is crucial for the overall health of lemon balm plants. Adequate airflow helps prevent the development of fungal diseases and promotes robust growth. Consider placing a small fan nearby or opening windows periodically to encourage air movement around the plant.
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How to plant Lemon Balm indoors?
Are you eager to start your own indoor garden? Follow these simple steps to ensure a successful planting process. With proper plant care, love, and attention, you can enjoy the fresh aroma and nutritional benefits of this delightful herb within a matter of a few weeks. Here’s all our tips to properly maintain your lemon balm.
Step 1: Selecting your container
Choose a container that is at least 8-10 inches deep and has sufficient drainage holes at the bottom. If you’re using the Gardyn Home Kit, the pods (also known as “yCubes”) provided by Gardyn are an excellent choice as these pre-seeded planters make the gardening process a breeze while ensuring optimal growth conditions.
Step 2: Preparing the container
Fill the container with a well-draining potting mix. Ensure the mix is suitable for herbs and provides good aeration for the roots. If you have a Gardyn Home Kit, simply insert your yCubes into the designated slots. The pods come with pre-measured soil and seeds, eliminating messy manual preparation.
Step 3: Planting the seeds
If you’re starting from seeds, sow them directly onto the soil’s surface, gently pressing them into the soil without burying them too deep. Alternatively, if you’re using the Gardyn Home Kit, the seeds are already contained within the pods, making planting as simple as 1-2-3.
Step 4: Providing the ideal growing spot
Place the container or Gardyn Home Kit in a location that receives at least six to eight hours of sunlight per day. If natural light is limited, supplement with grow lights to ensure adequate illumination. If you have limited access to natural light, consider using grow lights or alternative lighting systems to supplement the plant’s light requirements. Keep in mind that although lemon balm grows well in full sun, it also needs partial shade. A temperature between 60°F and 75°F is ideal to promote optimal growth.
How to care for your Lemon Balm?
To ensure your lemon balm plants thrive and provide you with an abundance of aromatic leaves, it’s crucial to treat them right. From watering and pruning to fertilizing, here’s everything you need to know about tending correctly to your lemon balm plants:
- Lemon balm requires consistent moisture to flourish. Water the plants deeply whenever the top inch feels dried out;
- Avoid overwatering, as excessive moisture can lead to root rot. Ensure proper drainage in the container or Gardyn Home Kit to prevent waterlogging;
- Feed your lemon balm plants with a balanced organic fertilizer every four to six weeks during the growing season;
- Regular pruning helps maintain the shape and encourages bushier growth in your lemon balm plants;
- To promote new growth, trim back the stems by cutting above a leaf node or where new growth emerges;
- To protect your plants against garden pests and diseases, such as powdery mildew, monitor your lemon balm plants on a regular basis. Look for any signs of aphids, whiteflies, or spider mites. Keep your indoor gardening area clean and free from debris. Remove fallen leaves or plant debris promptly, as they can attract pests and provide hiding places. In case of a minor pest issue, you can resort to natural pest control methods.
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Harvesting and using your Lemon Balm
When it comes to lemon balm, harvesting and utilizing its aromatic leaves is a delightful experience. Not only does it add a burst of citrusy fragrance to your home, but it also offers a multitude of uses, whether it’s for cooking, decorating, or creating refreshing beverages.
How to properly harvest your lemon balm?
Harvest your lemon balm in the morning when the essential oils are at their peak concentration. Choose mature leaves: These are fully developed and will provide optimal flavor and a punch of aroma. Harvest lemon balm leaves anytime once your plant reaches 6 to 8 inches in height. With sharp scissors or pruning shears, snip the individual leaves or cut the stems just above a leaf node, leaving enough growth for the plant to continue thriving.
Are you unsure of how to use lemon balm? Its versatility extends beyond its aromatic leaves as the associated soothing properties make it a popular ingredient in natural remedies: simply add lemon balm to your teas, and aromatherapy products. It is believed to promote relaxation, relieve stress, and enhance sleep quality.
Additional tip: If you have an abundance of leaves, you can dry them by hanging them upside down in a well-ventilated area and store them in an airtight container for future use.
Recipe: Lemon balm infused lemonade
Here’s a simple recipe that showcases the herb’s delightful taste:
- 1 cup of fresh lemon balm leaves;
- 4 cups of water;
- 1 cup of freshly squeezed lemon juice;
- ½ cup of honey or preferred sweetener;
- Ice cubes and lemon slices for serving.
- In a saucepan, bring the water to a gentle boil. Remove from heat and add the fresh lemon balm leaves. Let the leaves steep for about 15 minutes;
- Strain the infusion into a pitcher. Remove the leaves;
- Add the freshly squeezed lemon juice and honey (or sweetener) to the pitcher. Stir well until the honey is fully dissolved;
- Refrigerate the lemonade for at least 1 hour to allow the flavors to meld;
- Serve over ice cubes and garnish with lemon slices for a refreshing and aromatic lemon balm-infused lemonade.
Let’s start Gardyning!
Congratulations on discovering the incredible potential of growing lemon balm at home! When you get started with indoor gardening, within weeks you’ll be able to take advantage of a lump sum of nutritional benefits. So, what’s the wait! Join the thousands of Gardyning enthusiasts who have embraced the beauty and convenience of growing lemon balm indoors with Gardyn.
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