Monarda Fistulosa Seeds - Wild Bergamot Bee Balm Flower Seed

Monarda Fistulosa Seeds - Wild Bergamot

Flower Specifications

Approximate seeds per pound: 21,120,000

Season: Perennial

USDA Zones: 3 - 10

Height: 30 - 60 inches

Bloom Season: Summer

Bloom Color: Lavender

Environment: Full sun to partial shade

Soil Type: Well-drained, pH 6.6 - 7.8

Deer Resistant: Yes

House Plant: No

Latin Name: Monarda Fistulosa

Planting Directions

Temperature: 68F

Average Germ Time: 14 - 28 days

Light Required: Yes

Depth: Seeds must be covered thinly, no more than the thickness of the seed

Sowing Rate: 4 seeds per plant or 1 pound per acre

Moisture: Keep seed moist until germination

Plant Spacing: 20 - 30 inches

Wild Bergamot (Monarda Fistulosa) - Grow Monarda Fistulosa seeds for this attractive and useful perennial herb plant. Also known as Mint Leaf Bee Balm this perennial is an upright growing plant which spreads out. It has a lovely lavender blossom and distinctively aromatic foliage. Its sweet nectar is a favorite of butterflies, bees and hummingbirds. Wild Bergamot is native to eastern North America and the plains, and it is easy to grow from flower seeds and it multiplies quickly.

Medicinal benefits

Monarda Fistulosa has been known to treat colds, fever, stomach pains, acne, and relieve headaches when made into teas, cooked into foods, or eaten raw.

mintleaf bee balm flowers

Bee balm seed | mintleaf

How to grow

How To Grow Bee Balm From Seed: Sow Mintleaf Bee Balm seeds in small pots in late winter. Apply a starter fertilizer solution for the seedlings. Water when the soil surface is dry to the touch. Pinch off the tops of the plants several times during the growing season to encourage branching and a bushier grow habit. When the roots fill the container (about 2 months) they are ready for planting in the garden.

Plant the Wild Bergamot seedlings in a sunny, weed-free, well-drained soil, 20 - 30 inches a part. Water, if there are no rains. Wild Bergamot seeds can also be broadcast on a weed-free surface from January to mid-May in sunny locations. Irrigate regularly to keep herb seeds moist until germination, and continue to water Monarda seedlings during pro-longed dry periods. Powdery mildew is a common fungal problem, to prevent this fungus from appearing, large clumps should be thinned out so that the air circulates freely around them. The soil should also be kept consistently moist.

  • Sowing Rate: 4 seeds per plant or 1 pound per acre
  • Average Germ Time: 14 - 28 days
  • Keep moist until germination
  • Attracts bees, butterflies and hummingbirds
  • Depth: Cover thinly, no more than the thickness of the seed
monarda fistulosa plant

Plant Specifications

Monarda Fistulosa Bergamot can be found naturally along riverbanks and enjoys this rich, organic, moist soil. However, it will grow in average soil as well. Full sun is best, but light shade is tolerated. Most Monarda herbs multiply rapidly either by underground stems or freely sowing their own flower seed. In order to keep plants healthy and vigorous, they should be divided at least every three years in the spring. Deadheading spent blooms will prolong the bloom time.

  • Height: 30 - 60 inches
  • USDA Zones: 3 - 10
  • Season: Perennial
  • Deer Resistant: Yes