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Lemon balm is grown for its aromatic heart-shaped and toothed leaves. When simply touched, pressed, or bruised they release an intense lemon fragrance. Fresh leaves reveal a sweet lemon zest taste with a hint of mint. During the summer months, the plant matures and small white flowers full of nectar appear. This nectar is harvested by bees for honey making. Lemon balm honey produces citrus flavors with mint undertones, much like the leaves it is derived from.
Removing the plastic bag is the first thing to do. Keep the plant indoors, not fully exposed to the sunlight. Make sure you water the plant every second day or whenever it looks floppy. Water deeply at least once a week. The best time of day for water is early in the morning. The best practice is to transplant to a larger pot. It keeps the roots growing deep and the soil moist. When growing in a container, your goal is to keep the soil from drying out. Basil quickly thrives in a large pot. It grows so well, in fact, that it becomes overgrown in a short time. Overgrown basil plants, especially those allowed to flower, produce bitter leaves unsuitable for cooking. For this reason, it is important to prune overgrown basil and maintain it with periodic trimming for its health and usefulness. One last tip if you keep them in a pot is to have a flowerpot dish that keeps the soil moist and, at the same time, allows the water in excess to drain.