Table of Contents
Can bee balm be grown in pots?
Planting Bee Balm in Pots
Bee balm grows anywhere from 2-4 feet tall, with petite varieties growing 10-15 inches tall. With its height and spreading characteristic, a 5-10 gallon pot is needed. Be sure that the pot is crack proof, weather resistant, and has good drainage holes.
Does bee balm continue to bloom all summer?
Bee balm (Monarda) begin to bloom in July and will continue to bloom throughout late summer. To encourage bountiful clusters of flowers, you will want to deadhead the plant throughout its entire bloom time.
Does bee balm spread easily?
Bee balms spread rapidly via underground stems or stolons. In addition, the centers of the clumps often die out within a few years. To control their spread and rejuvenate the plants, it's usually necessary to dig and divide bee balms every 2 to 3 years. Early spring is the best time to dig and divide bee balms.
How do you winterize bee balm?
What should I plant in front of bee balm?
Companion Planting and Design
Bee balm is a perfect cottage garden plant. I like to let it ramble though a perennial flower border next to tall garden phlox, rudbeckia, roses, and peonies.
What is a good companion plant for bee balm?
As there are so many colors of bee balm, it can work successfully in almost any sunny garden setting with a variety of plants such as Shasta daisy or garden phlox. It is a mid-border plant – working well with lower-growing perennials like dwarf amsonia to hide its sometimes scruffy lower legs.
What animals eat bee balm?
But birds don't only enjoy Bee Balm in summer.
The nutlet attracts finches, sparrows, juncos, redpolls, among other species.
Is bee balm toxic to dogs?
Bee balm is not poisonous for humans. In fact, eating the leaves will not harm a cat, dog or other animals in any way.
Does bee balm like sun or shade?
Growing bee balm plants isn't hard, if you keep their soil evenly moist. Plant monarda in spring or fall in a spot that gets full sun. Bee balm tolerates partial sun, but you'll get fewer flowers. Space monarda plants 18 to 24 inches apart in organically rich soil with a pH of 6.0 to 6.7 that drains easily.
Does bee balm attract wasps?
Wild bergamot is one of several plants also known by the common name of bee balm. Wild bergamot attracts a number of specialist bees, bumble bees, predatory wasps, hummingbirds, and hawk moths.
Does bee balm attract hummingbirds?
Keep the soil surrounding bee balm moist but not soggy. This perennial plant produces vivid cardinal-colored flowers in the summer months. The bright red color of the flowers and the sweet nectar they contain attract hummingbirds in droves.
How long does it take for bee balm to bloom?
Quick Reference Growing Guide
|Plant Type:||Herbaceous perennial||Red, pink, light to dark purple|
|Bloom Time / Season:||Summer||Average|
|Exposure:||Full sun to partial shade||6.0-7.0|
|Time to Maturity:||110-120 days||Well-draining|
|Spacing:||18-24 inches||Bees, butterflies, hummingbirds|
Can bee balm survive a freeze?
Frost in July! Many tough perennials, like this bee balm, can withstand an occasional unexpected frost without too much damage.
Is bee balm invasive?
If you're asking whether bee balm can be aggressive, then the answer is yes – especially in its ideal growing environment with moist soil in a full sun to part shade location. However, it is not technically deemed invasive everywhere.
Does bee balm reseed itself?
You can grow bee balm from seed, but it establishes quicker when planted from divisions from a friend's garden or purchased plants from your local garden center. Like other herbs in the mint family, bee balm is considered to be a bit invasive. It will easily self-sow and also spreads by underground rhizomes.
Should bee balm be cut back in the fall?
In the fall or winter, you should prune bee balm after it has died back. Take it back down to just above the soil's surface. This allows you to clean up the dead plant material, and perennial varieties will begin to show signs of new growth in the late winter or early spring again.
Is bee balm good for the garden?
Bee balm is a great addition to a pollinator garden. Beside attracting pollinators, the seed heads will attract birds in the fall and winter. Learn more about plants that attract butterflies and hummingbirds.
Can I plant bee balm with lavender?
Noted for its petite size, Monarda didyma 'Pardon My Lavender' (Bee Balm) is a compact clump-forming perennial with pale lavender-pink flowers, 2-3 in.
|Hardiness||4 – 9 What's My Zone?|
|Plant Family||Monarda - Bee Balms|
|Exposure||Full Sun, Partial Sun|
|Season of Interest||Summer (Mid,Late)|
What colors are bee balm plants?
The bee balm flower has an open, daisy-like shape, with tubular petals in shades of red, pink, purple, and white. Bee balm plants are perennial, coming back year after year to add cheerful color to your garden.
Is bee balm drought tolerant?
Bee balm (Monarda) thrive with full sun and soil that drains well. Well draining soil helps with air circulation, keeping mildew and weeds under control. Bee balm is drought tolerant, but needs a regular watering schedule. It is best to keep the soil evenly moist, yet not too wet.
What is wrong with bee balm?
The symptoms on your bee balms (Monarda spp.) are most likely due to powdery mildew. Powdery mildew is a common fungal disease on bee balms. Symptoms are most severe on overcrowded plants and those growing in partial shade.
Does bee balm attract butterflies?
Bee balm's exotic, fragrant blooms beckon butterflies, bees, and hummingbirds to your yard. These summer flowers bloom best in moist soil and full sun to part shade. This plant is deer-resistant, but it doesn't like drought, so keep it moist.
Do birds like bee balm?
Bee balm Monarda didyma.
Its whorled heads of scarlet or pink flowers ooze with tangy nectar and drive hummingbirds crazy as each bird tries to keep it all to itself. This perennial, like other mints, likes to crawl, so plan to give it some room.
What does bee balm smell like?
The plant has a spicy aroma that tastes like a mix of spearmint and peppermint, with a sharp oregano tang. Native Americans traditionally used bee balm as a seasoning for wild game—particularly fowl—but it also goes well with lamb.
Does bee balm attract bees?
BEE BALM and Lemon balm are two distinct herbs, alike in many ways. Both belong to Labiatae, the mint family. Both herbs are hardy perennials, easy to grow, attract bees, yet repel pests. Both make excellent tea or tisanes.
What is bee balm good for?
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.
Why is my bee balm dying?
Heat and Low Humidity
Hot temperatures coupled with low humidity or dry conditions can cause drooping and wilting in many plants, including bee balm. Heat causes the leaves to lose water through transpiration, especially in dry conditions.
Is Bergamot the same as bee balm?
One of the loveliest of the flowering herbs, Bee Balm (also known as Bergamot), is a great attractor for hummingbirds and bees. Known also as beebread plant, Oswego tea, horsemint, and simply monarda, its leaves have a strong fragrance reminiscent of the bergamot orange.
Are bee balm leaves edible?
All above ground parts of the plant are edible. The leaves and flowers can be eaten raw or cooked. Bee balm has a minty taste and a flavor similar to oregano. It also has a citrusy aroma.
Does lavender keep bugs away?
They love the flowers, but other bugs stay away. Lavender has a pleasant scent that comes from the essential oils in the leaves of the plant, but the bugs hate it. Hang some dried lavender in your closet and you won't have to worry about moths eating your clothes.
What does bee balm repel?
Bee Balm (Bergamot) – This beautiful blooming plant has many medicinal and culinary uses – mosquito repellent among them. And unlike many of the other plants listed here, bee balm works to repel mosquitoes not only when crushed but while alive and thriving in the garden.