Lemon Balm

Melissa officinalis

Lamiaceae

Origin: Eurasia

Organic Non-GMO Certified

Total Growth Cycle: 60 days

Lemon balm can be used for culinary, cosmetic and medicinal purposes. Fresh sprigs can be used in drinks and to garnish salads and main dishes. The fresh or dried leaves make fragrant cold or hot tisanes.

Tasting Guide

Tasting is recommended from approximately 20 days onward, depending on your preference for herb size and flavor.

Growing Tips

Can be cut for a second growth.

Nutrient Refill(s): 1

When prompted to refill nutrients, pour measured nutrient packet into the basin, then add tap water gently through the sIO until it reaches the fourth tick mark. Nutrient additions will be prompted around day 35 of the growth cycle.

Watering

Expect to top up water at least three times (aside from when adding nutrients) during the growing cycle. When prompted to refill water, pour tap water gently through the sIO until the water level reaches the fourth and highest tick mark on the right side basin window. Water additions will be prompted around days 24, 42, and 50 of the growth cycle.

Lighting

While your seeds are germinating, all of your LED lights will be on dimly. Once you remove the germination cover, the light intensity will grow over the course of five days and then stabilize. The maximum time lights will be on is 16 hours per day.

 

Growing Timeline

*Must be advanced by the user by this time by removing germination cover

Green indicates period for tasting

Phase 1

Watering

In this phase your plant will receive continuous misting to begin dissolving the nutrients in the sIO and jumpstart germination. Be sure to keep the clear humidity cover on during this phase.

Phase 2

Germination

When the majority of seeds have germinated, remove clear humidity cover and update app to transition to the Seedling growth phase. Remember to record in the app that you have removed the humidity screen. If germination occurs and the humidity cover is not removed within 8 days, the plant will die. If germination does not occur within 8 days contact support.

Phase 3

Seedling

Cotyledons expand and grow, and true leaves are emerging.

Phase 4

Microgreens

If harvesting lemon balm microgreens, remove sIO disk from SproutsIO basin. Using scissors, cut the plants from the disk, cutting as close to the sIO top as possible. Record your harvest in the app. If not harvesting for microgreens, leave the plant as is.

Phase 5

Petite

When prompted to refill nutrients, pour measured nutrient packet into the basin, then add tap water gently through the sIO until it reaches the fourth tick mark. If harvesting petite lemon balm, remove sIO disk from SproutsIO basin. Using scissors, cut the plants from the disk, cutting as close to the sIO top as possible. Record your harvest in the app. If not harvesting for lemon balm, leave the plant as is.

Phase 6

Mature

Your lemon balm will reach maturity around day 41 and will continue growing until day 60. Feel free to harvest any/all of your plants during this window. You may also need to adjust your lamp head during this phase if your plants grow too close to it, you will receive a notification to do so. When you’re ready to harvest, remove sIO disk from SproutsIO basin. Using scissors, cut the plants from the disk, cutting as close to the sIO top as possible. Record your harvest in the app.