Lemon balm is a member of the mint family. You can tell because of the square stems that are indicative to this family.
Lemon balm has a long history dating back to the Middle Ages and probably long before. It has been used on insect stings, gas, bloating, and to improve appetite but, it is most well known for promoting sleep or relieving anxiety.
It has also been used in creams to treat cold sores.
Lemon balm is a light dependent germinator. Meaning you must have good sunlight for it to germinate properly. It likes a two week cool period or cold conditioning before planting. Put it in the fridge or plant when the soil temp is below 70 degrees. Lemon balm will germ in 10-40 days. It likes full sun, but can tolerate shade as well.
There is the official line. Sound hard to grow? It is not! We don't water it, it never gets replanted and always comes up every year without fail once it is established. It is a delight to have and every herbal/kitchen garden should have it.
I purchased the Fall Seed Collection for some container gardening this autumn and have been very pleased with the results. Germination rate was fantastic and I had to do much more thinning than I usually do from store-bought seeds. The little growing guide helped with varieties I haven't grown before (hello, kohlrabi). All of my plants are hardy and healthy and I'm already enjoying the early harvests. Looking forward to maturity on the longer growers. Will be buying the Granny's kitchen garden pack for spring. Thanks so much!
I planted several varieties over the past couple years. These have been the most reliable producers so far. Averaged 10-15 lbs. one larger one about 20. Nothing remotely close to 40 lbs. that’s ok. Huge ones are a pain to break down.
I planted a whole bunch of this to attract bees and butterflies. It grows like crazy. However I protected the seed with hay because my first round died because of the hot Florida sun and lack of rain lately.
We started these indoors in January. We transplanted them twice and finally out to our raised bed (full coastal sun). The plant is massive and the tomatoes are TASTY! The best little tomatoes we have ever had. We will likely plant them in a separate bed next year since they grow to such a large size and can crowd out other plants.