A bushy herb, Lemon Balm resembles mint in appearance, with a strong lemon scent when rubbed. The leaves make a calming balm tea. It grows to the height of 50cm but can be trimmed. Lemon balm can be invasive and so is best grown in a pot/container.
Sow seeds March to May. Place seeds on the surface of seed compost and cover with a sprinkling of compost or vermiculite. Place in a propagator or seal container inside a polythene bag and keep at 20-25C until after germination which takes up to 21 days. Keep compost on the dry side at all times. Do not exclude light. Transplant seedlings when large enough to handle into trays or pots. Grow on in cooler conditions for a few days before planting out after all risk of frost, 3cm apart. Apply a mulch of compost for added winter protection.