Lemon Balm (Melissa Officinalis): How to Grow & Care
One of the integral parts of human life is herbs and spices. From kitchens to hospitals, they are used in numerous fields. In addition to that, plenty of herbs can be grown in homes. One of these herbs is lemon balm. With a minty flavor and calming properties, lemon balm – or melissa officinalis has guaranteed a place as one of the most widely used herbs. In addition to that, it can be grown easily in houses. So today, I will discuss the lemon balm and how to take care of it.
What is Lemon Balm?
Lemon balm or melissa officinalis is an aromatic herb that has lemon-scented leaves. Lemon balm is a part of the mint family and has a mint-like appearance but with larger leaves and a more extensive form. The leaves can be used both fresh and dried. Fresh leaves will give your salads, fish dishes, and drinks a new dimension, while dried leaves will be your go-to teas for sleep issues and digestive problems; this miracle of a plant can be planted in your gardens and in a flowerpot that will sit nicely in your house.
How to Grow Lemon Balm?
Melissa Officinalis is a plant with many admirable qualities, so most people try to keep it close. Luckily, it is an easy-to-grow plant and does not need much caring. Lemon balm can be planted both as a seed and already sprouted. The best time to do the planting is when the spring starts. When lemon balm is first placed, it is important to water it thoroughly. The next thing to do is to check it to see how it is adjusting to the new space and leave it to nature to make the magic happen.
How to Care for Lemon Balm?
You have decided to grow your lemon balm, planted it, and now you need to take care of it. Melissa Officinalis can grow almost in any soil, but it sure loves a well-drained and rich soil. If you are growing it indoors, ensure you get a large pot and a large sunny corner.
Melissa Officinalis loves the sun, so don’t be shy and plant it where you get the most sunlight. This plant also loves even watering. That’s why your care regimen should involve a watering schedule where you determine how often and how much you water it.
Caring for this plant should also include pruning. With good care, melissa officinalis will produce seeds right after flowering, and if you don’t want to propagate them, you should trim the seedlings. A large prune is also recommended after the flowers bloom to encourage your plant to grow and give you a second harvest.
With its amazing flavor, fragrance, look, and many uses Melissa Officinalis is a great plant to have around you. In this entry, you were given information on lemon balm, its uses, and how to grow and care for it. I hope you enjoyed it and found something new.
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