Monarda Didyma Seeds - Bee Balm Mix
Approximate seeds per pound: 817,000
USDA Zones: 4 - 9
Height: 30 inches
Bloom Season: Summer
Bloom Color: Mix
Environment: Full sun to partial shade
Soil Type: Well-drained, pH 6.1 - 7.3
Deer Resistant: Yes
Average Germ Time: 14 - 21 days
Light Required: Yes
Depth: Seeds must be covered thinly, no more than the thickness of the seed
Sowing Rate: 4 seeds per plant
Moisture: Keep seed moist until germination
Plant Spacing: 30 inches
Bee Balm (Monarda Didyma Mix) - 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. The shades range from scarlet to crimson to pink. Monarda herb uses include attracting beneficial insects in the garden, making an excellent flower for cutting, and offering edible flowers with mint-scented leaves that are used in teas or in potpourri. Bee Balm seeds may be sown from early spring up until 8 weeks before the last frost in the fall.
Monarda Bee Balm can be susceptible to powdery mildew, which is exacerbated by humidity and any kind of plant stress (even drought). To reduce the tendency for disease, keep the soil moist, minimizing overhead watering, and space plants far enough apart to allow for good air circulation between plants. Also, remove diseased foliage to prevent the spread of the mildew and divide the plant every three years or so, discarding the old center growth and replanting new side shoots.
How To Grow Bee Balm From Herb Seeds: Directly sow Beebalm seeds outdoors in the spring when temperatures begin to warm. Lightly cover the flower seeds and keep them moist until germination. Until Monarda plants reach 10 - 12 inches tall, irrigate if rains are poor. Cooler soil temperature at night aids germination.