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To 30 inches
balm is one of the most wonderful herbs for tea. Its excellent lemon aroma
and flavor make this herb a treat in everything from salads to any dish
that requires the lemon flavor. Sadly, this easy-to-grow herb does not
seem to be much in demand in most areas of the country. Commercial growers
can increase sales of this herb by including recipes using lemon balm
with each bunch or package.
Lemon balm is a member of the mint family and,
as such, has a reputation for being invasive. While the clumps do grow
larger each year I have never found it to be difficult to contain. It
does make a few runners each new season but these are easily redirected
or cut off.
This aromatic herb can be propagated by seed,
stem cuttings, rooting the runners or division of the clump. Seeds require
light to germinate so they should not be covered but rather sprinkled
on top of the moist soil mix. Stem cuttings root quickly.
Grow lemon balm in a location that receives full
sun or partial shade with a rich, moist soil. Do space the plants at least
3 feet from each other to allow for future growth. They make a fine backdrop
to shorter herbs in the garden.
Flower spikes form in midsummer, which stops
leaf production. Cut off these flowering stems 6 inches from the crown.
The cut stems will regrow and new growth will emerge from the crown. Eventually
the herb should be allowed to flower. After flowering it can be again
cut back and you will be rewarded with abundant fragrant foliage again.
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