How to Plant Lemon Balm Seeds in a Pot

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We just love to grow lemon balm but we do suggest growing it in a pot either indoors or outside as this plant is a rapid grower and after planting can grow over a foot tall sometimes. 

Lemon Balm is a bushy perennial herb with deliciously lemon-scented leaves and creamy-white or pale purple flowers in summer, it is closely related to mint and features very similar looks in shape and taste. We love to use this herb in our soups, salads, and so much more.

Quick Answer: How to plant lemon balm seeds in a pot?  Start indoors 6 to 8 weeks before the last frost, and transplant out or direct sow once daytime temperatures are steadily above 10°C (50°F). Barely cover the tiny seeds. Use sterilized potting soil, and keep watering to an absolute minimum – just enough to keep the medium from drying out. Germination takes 10-14 days.

How to Plant Lemon Balm Seeds in a Pot
How to Plant Lemon Balm Seeds in a Pot

Can You Grow Lemon Balm in A Pot?

Yes, we recommend growing it in a container or contained area of the garden as this plant spreads. Start indoors 6 to 8 weeks before the last frost, and transplant out into your pots or direct sow once daytime temperatures are steadily above 10°C (50°F).

Timing

Start indoors 6 to 8 weeks before the last frost, and transplant out or direct sow once daytime temperatures are steadily above 10°C (50°F).

Starting

Barely cover the tiny seeds. Use sterilized potting soil, and keep watering to an absolute minimum – just enough to keep the medium from drying out. Germination takes 10-14 days. Transplant at a spacing of 45cm (18″) into the garden.

Growing

Choose a shady spot or a location where plants can be protected from the midday sun. Lemon balm prefers fertile, moist soil in a cooler part of the garden. Plants grown in partial shade will be larger and more succulent than those exposed to full sun.

Harvest

Pick leaves throughout the summer for fresh use. The aroma is rapidly lost when dried or stored.

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What type of soil?

FAQ

How to Grow Lemon Balm Indoors?

Grow in either indoor or outdoor environments, lemon balm loves a sunny spot. However, unlike a lemon balm plant—which can tolerate a bit of shade—those planted indoors need ample sunlight, at least five to six hours a day. Place your herb containers near a windowsill that gets ample light throughout the day

How to Take Care of Lemon Balm Plant Indoors?

Put your plant in a bright window. When grown indoors, lemon balm needs extremely bright light to thrive. All herbs need well-draining soil and a pot with a drainage hole.

How to Grow Lemon Balm from Cuttings?

Select a 6 to 12-inch long, low-growing flexible stem and make a small cut on the underside of the stem. Stake the stem to the ground and cover it with 2-3 inches of soil. Roots will grow from the stem near the cut in 1 to 2 months. Plant division is the easiest way to propagate lemon balm.

When Should I Start Lemon Balm Indoors?

Lemon balm seeds need ample light in order to germinate and grow. To start your plant from seed, them in a shallow pot or dish, barely covering the seeds with more than a sprinkle of soil (this should be done about six to eight weeks before the last frost if you want to transplant the herb outdoors).

How Long Does It Take for Lemon Balm Seeds to Sprout?

Germination takes 10-14 days. Transplant at a spacing of 45cm (18″) into the garden. Choose a shady spot or a location where plants can be protected from the midday sun. Lemon balm prefers fertile, moist soil in a cooler part of the garden.

How Do You Plant Lemon Balm Seedlings?

Start indoors 6 to 8 weeks before the last frost, and transplant out or direct sow once daytime temperatures are steadily above 10°C (50°F). Barely cover the tiny seeds. Use sterilized potting soil, and keep watering to an absolute minimum – just enough to keep the medium from drying out. Germination takes 10-14 days.

Great Resources

How to grow Lemon balm / RHS Gardening

https://www.rhs.org.uk/herbs/lemon-balm/grow-your-own

 “Lemon balm – Wikipedia.” https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lemon_balm. Accessed 10 Mar. 2022.

Conclusion

How to plant lemon balm seeds in a pot is relatively easy. We hope you found the above tips helpful.

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