Bee Balm Monarda Mix (Monarda Didyma) - 20 Seeds
•American grown seeds
•USDA Zones: 4-9
Bee Balm is popular in flower and herb gardens because it is easy to establish from Monarda seeds and nothing brings in the butterflies, hummingbirds, and bees like Monarda flowers. This beautiful mix of colors is very showy and will have everyone turning their heads. Attract hummingbirds and beneficial pollinators with aromatic leaves and frilly flower heads. You will get a mix of three in complementary colors—white, pink, purple or red. Blooms early to midsummer. A good choice for sunny back borders, and great companion to other sun-lovers like Shasta daisies. If deadheaded regularly, this mix will keep blooming late into summer. Every three or four years, you can divide the clumps. You can either spread them out and increase the size of your display or share some with a lucky gardening friend. Because of that spicy mint perfume, rabbits and deer tend not to bother Bee Balm.
Monarda didyma, also known as Oswego tea is a wonderful perennial herb, both in the garden and the kitchen. Use the showy scarlet blooms and leaves to flavor beverages, fruits and desserts. Cooled blondies (bergamot bars), ready to cut and eat!
Bee balm is antimicrobial and soothing, so it's often used to treat colds and flu. It also has a soothing effect on the digestive tract and helps to treat indigestion, bloating and nausea.
Directly sow Monarda seeds outdoors in the spring when temperatures begin to warm. Lightly cover the flower seeds and keep them moist until germination. Until plants reach 10 - 12 inches tall, irrigate if rains are poor. Cooler soil temperature at night aids germination.
Environment: Full sun to partial shade
Soil Type: Well-drained, pH 6.1 - 7.3
Deer Resistant: Yes
Light Required: Yes
Depth: Surface sow and lightly cover no more than the thickness of seed.
Sowing Rate: 4 seeds per plant
Moisture: Keep seed moist until germination
Plant Spacing: 30 inches
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