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.
Planting and Caring for Pre-Planned Gardens & Collections
Remember that proper soil preparation is the key to healthy, vigorous blooming perennials. Use Yum Yum Mix
and a high quality compost at recommended rates to prepare the soil. Inoculate the plant roots with Plant Success mycorrhizal inoculant
Plant according to the mature size of the plant. Don’t be tempted to put the plants too close based on their size in the pots.
They’ll grow quickly and cover the space shown in the planting map. (Maps included only with Pre-Planned Gardens, not Collections.)
Once annually in mid-fall, after plants begin to go dormant. Use Yum Yum Mix
or Yum Yum Mix Winterizer
at recommended rates to improve the soil and provide essential plant nutrients.Use it with high quality compost, mix half and half by volume and spread on top of the soil. Scratch it in lightly and water thoroughly. It is also beneficial to treat the plant roots with Plant Success® mycorrhizal root inoculant
if you didn’t do so at planting time. (Inoculation only needs to be done once.)
In arid climates mulching is very beneficial. Coarse textured composts, shredded leaves, pine needles and composted bark are all excellent mulch materials. Apply to a depth of 1-2 inches. Replenish annually (or as needed).
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