How to grow lemon balm
Sow lemon balm seed 0.1cm deep in pots and transplant seedlings 45cm apart. You can also dig up and split established lemon balm plants in spring or autumn. Choose well drained soil in sunny site.
Pinch out growing tips to encourage bushy plants. Cut back after flowering for new growth and prevent stems becoming woody. Leaves die back to soil level in winter.
Harvesting and using lemon balm
Pick strongly lemon scented leaves before flowers open for use fresh or drying. Flowers are also edible with sweet lemon flavour. Lemon balm is a perennial herb so will crop year after year.