Monarda didyma Blue Stocking
Blue Stocking Bee Balm
Details'Blue Stocking' Bee Balm is an excellent cultivar selected for its brightly colored flowers that bloom in mid- to late summer. The strikingly colored bright violet-blue flowers provide ample nectar for hummingbirds, butterflies and bumblebees. Monarda dydima Blue Stocking is a perennial with a long season of bloom and resistance to powdery mildew. The flowers are edible and can be used raw in salads.
|Common Name||Blue Stocking Bee Balm|
|Botanical Name||Monarda didyma Blue Stocking|
|Zones||4, 5, 6, 7, 8|
|Light Requirements||Full Sun|
|Flower Color||Blue, Purple|
|Mature Height||30-36" tall|
|Mature Spread||18-24" wide|
|Bloom Time||Mid-summer to late summer|
|Ships As||Potted Plant|
|Planting Time||Spring / Summer, Fall|
|Soil Type||Clay Soil, Sandy Soil, Average Soil|
|Soil Moisture||Average, Moist/Wet|
|Amount of Rain||20 to 30", 30 to 40", 40 to 50"|
|Advantages||Deer Resistant, Attract Butterflies, Attract Hummingbirds, Bee Friendly, Rabbit Resistant, Easy to grow, Fragrant Flower / Foliage, Good for Cut Flowers, Good for Containers, Native, Edible, Multiplies / Naturalizes, Adds Texture|
|Ideal Region||Anywhere In The US, Northeast, Midwest, Southwest, West, Pacific Northwest|
|Neonicotinoid-Free||Yes - Learn More|
|Ships to Hawaii, Alaska & Canada||No|
Tips for Growing Bee Balm
Bee Balm (Monarda) is a showy and vigorous old-fashioned garden perennial that blooms in summer. Bee Balm is, as the name suggests, “bee friendly,” deer resistant and will attract hummingbirds and butterflies to your garden. The varieties we carry are highly resistant to powdery mildew.
- Plant Bee Balm in full sun (or part shade in hot summer climates).
- This plant enjoys moist and fertile garden soil.
- Mulch and water regularly. Water Bee Balm if rainfall is less than 1 inch per week.
- Fertilize once annually in fall or spring with a top dressing mixture of Yum Yum Mix and compost.
- Divide the plants in fall every few years to keep them vigorous.
If you have particularly challenging gardening conditions (hot humid summers, periodic drought, or cold winters--as low as USDA zone 4), we recommend planting Mondarda fistulosa or Monarda 'Peter's Purple' (USDA zone 6) which grow easily in most soil types, including clay. The cold hardy zone 4 varieties are excellent for fall planting.
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Plant Shipping: Buy now and we will ship your order at the ideal planting time for your region. Fall shipping begins the week of September 4 (zones 3-4 first) and ends in early November. Expected ship week will display at checkout after you enter your zip code.
Most plant and bulb orders arrive within 2-6 days, or less, of leaving our greenhouses in Colorado. This prompt delivery is provided without additional express charges.
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Standard shipping costs are $4.99 and up, depending on the size of the order.
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Comments about High Country Gardens Monarda didyma Blue Stocking:
Liked plant but it developed powder mildew and had to be cut back. Plant started to re-grow but has started to get the powder mildew as well. My spraying hasn't worked and it looks bad with it on the leaves.
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USDA Hardiness Planting Zones
To determine if a plant is sufficiently cold hardy, the USDA created numbered zones indicating winter low temperatures; the lower the zone number the colder the winter.
- If the coldest winter temperature expected in your area is -15°F (zone 5) then any plants rated zones 3-5 will survive the winter temperatures in your area.
- If you live in very warm winter areas (zones 9-11) plants with zones 3-4 ratings are not recommended. The lack of freezing winter temperatures do not provide a time for winter dormancy (rest).
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