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Hello I went to my local diy store and bought a lemon balm plant. It is pot bound but can I split this or is it best to take cuttings? Thanks.

Busy-Lizzie

You can split it and it grows like mad and seeds itself in my garden. Not sure what to do with it all. I chop it up and add it to breadcrumbs for coating chicken and pork. I've tried making a cordial with the young leaves, but I'd rather have elderflower any day. Any other suggestions? Please.

nutcutlet

Whatever you do once it's seeded you've got it for life

Thank you I have been looking for it for a few months because I have loads of midges and I red they don't like it cheers

nutcutlet

My neighbour rubs it on his skin and reckons it keeps them off.

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I know I'll never completely get rid off them becausemy back garden backs onto a country park but i would like to reduce the amount i get but thankyou for the advice

GillyL

I grow it in a pot,and pick pieces off in summer a put in a jar my conservatory ,it does seem to help with the flies.

Didn't know it was a fly repelent. I use it to make tea just put in a jug and pour boiling water on then leave for a few mins it's quite refreshing.

Rodgy-dodge

oooOOooo thats a good idea GillyL, I bought one last year as it smells like citrinella and hoped it would keep the midges at bay, mine is in a pot and looks lush right now, I'm going to try that in my kitchen! thanks for sharing. I also have a lemon verbena which smells more like lemon than the lemon balm

Dovefromabove
Aliesh wrote (see)

Didn't know it was a fly repelent. I use it to make tea just put in a jug and pour boiling water on then leave for a few mins it's quite refreshing.

The resulting drink is also very relaxing (hence the name balm?) - just the sort of thing to have before bedtime if you're having trouble sleeping 

Blueboots

I used to make tea with it too.

It spread a bit in my last garden but didn't have far to go. If I plant it here it will be in pots.

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