Monarda Lemon Mint Guide
A resilient member of the Mint family, Monarda Citriodora can grow in seemingly difficult conditions. Although its soil preference leans towards the sandy side, like others in the Mint family Lemon Mint can be a bit aggressive, creeping into sections of your garden or yard without invitation. Pick the petals for a bright red tea that aids in relieving nausea, upset stomach and gas.
Lemon mint grows well in warm temperatures between 65°F-80°F. They do great in containers and gardens. Bank on Seeds recommends transplanting.
If Direct Seeding
- Direct seed outside 4-5 weeks after last frost date; or
- Direct seed into a container 6-8 inches deep and wide anytime of the year. It can be placed outside when the temperature is between 65°F-80°F; or
Begin the growing season early and start the lemon mint seeds indoors in pods 7-9 weeks before the last frost date; germination is best between 65°F-75°F. It can be transplanted outside 12 weeks later.
Sow seeds ¼ inch deep and 12-18 inches apart with rows spaced 12-24 inches apart. Germination will take 7-21 days.
Thin the seedlings to 12 inches apart if they start competing for space or light.
Lemon mint likes well-draining soil rich in organic matter. Water evenly and keep the soil slightly moist. Check the top 1-2 inches of soil and if it is dry, then water it. Do not let it sit completely dry overnight.
Just like most herbs, lemon mint does not require fertilizer. Fertilizer is not required for lemon mint, as with most herbs. Option to add aged compost onto the top layer of soil or mix into the soil for continued nutrition for the plants.
Lemon mint is full grown (mature) in 110-120 days. You can carefully snip off the leaves or small stems off the plant as needed. Lower leaves will have the strongest aroma. Lemon mint responds very well to cutting back so do not be afraid to harvest most of the leaves. It will regrow in another month.
Root rot – ensure soil is well draining or the container has good drainage holes that are not blocked
*Plant lemon mint with basil, onions, fennel, tomatoes, squash, zinnias, echinacea, bee balm and hyssop. Avoid planting with lavender, rosemary, sage and thyme. *