Monarda Citriodora Seeds - Lemon Bee Balm
Approximate seeds per pound: 839,000
USDA Zones: 3 - 10
Height: 36 inches
Bloom Season: Summer
Bloom Color: Lavender to pink
Environment: Full sun to partial shade
Soil Type: Well-drained, pH 6.6 - 7.8
Deer Resistant: Yes
Temperature: 60 - 70F
Average Germ Time: 10 - 30 days
Light Required: Yes
Depth: 1/16 inch
Sowing Rate: Plant this wildflower seed at 3 pounds per acre
Moisture: Keep seed moist until germination
Plant Spacing: 18 inches
Care & Maintenance: Monarda
Lemon Bee Balm (Monarda Citriodora) - Start these flower seeds for a wonderful annual that attracts beneficial insects. Commonly called Lemon Bee Balm, Lemon Mint, or Purple Horsemint, this annual, as the name suggests, is an herb in the mint family. Lavender-to-pink, tuft-like, whorled flower heads attract hummingbirds, bees and butterflies. The Lemon Mint herb plant blooms from spring into late summer. Often late in the season the scent is described as resembling oregano more than lemon.
Monarda Citriodora grows in prairies, roadsides and other sunny habitats from wildflower seed. It grows from California to Florida, but is a native of the Midwest. It prefers soils with a high percentage of clay, but is adaptable to varying soil types as long as they are drier soils and not saturated. Lemon Bee Balm herb plants grow best in full sun to partial shade. Like many wildflowers, they can re-grow from the flower seeds that drop in late fall. This Monarda seed will be dormant until temperatures rise the following spring and proper moisture levels are obtained to ensure germination.
How To Grow Lemon Bee Balm: Growing Lemon Mint seed is easy and rewarding! Sow Lemon Bee Balm seeds directly in prepared areas in the spring when temperatures begin to warm. Spread the herb seeds evenly and rake into loose topsoil. Supplemental watering is suggested if spring rains are poor. Provide additional water until the plants reach 10 - 12 inches tall. Once established, Lemon Bee Balm should re-seed itself. Allow flower seeds to mature completely before mowing or cutting down. Since it's an annual, it is essential that the Purple Horsemint plant is allowed to re-seed itself for the following year.