LEMON BALM GROWING GUIDANCE
What To Expect (Day 1) :
Lemon balm is a rather ‘wild’ growing plant that needs frequent pruning to be kept in check. You can always eat what you prune, so you’ll have an abundance of freshly harvested mint on hand. You can begin picking leaves off your lemon balm plant once it has reached at least 3-4 inches in height.
Touchpoint 1 (Day 20) :
Your lemon balm should now be approximately 3 inches tall. To promote healthy growth in your lemon balm plant, ‘top off’ the plant by snipping off the tops of each plant directly above a leaf node (where a set of leaves grow from the stem). This will encourage your lemon balm to grow larger and fuller - if you cut one stem, it will reproduce and form two stems.
Touchpoint 2 (Day 42) :
After allowing your lemon balm to grow for an additional 3 weeks, your lemon balm should now be ready for pruning or a mini harvest. Always prune your lemon balm starting at the top of the plant and work your way down. Snip directly above the plant’s node (where a set of leaves join the stem). You can now periodically trim sprigs of lemon balm when desired and use entire sprigs or cut off the stems to just use the leaves.
Harvest (Day 80) :
Your lemon balm has now reached maturity. You can continue to harvest your lemon balm as needed and allow it to regrow for as long as desired. Once your plant begins to become more leggy and the stems become more wood-like, it indicates that your lemon balm is nearing the end of its lifecycle and it’s time to replant.