How To Grow Bee Balm

How To Grow Bee Balm

Bee Balm 

Monarda citriodora

The bright lavender blooms work great as a unique bouquet filler, are edible and carry a spicy citrus scent.  Native to the US. Also known as lemon bee balm, purple horsemint, and lemon mint.


Plant type: annual

Height: 30-38”

Site: full sun

Days to maturity: 110-120 days

Plant spacing: 12-18”

Pinch: not necessary

Kids, Pets, and Deer Resistance: non-toxic, deer resistant

Indoor & Pots: grows well in large containers outside


How to Grow:

Transplant (recommended): Sow 7-9 weeks before last frost. Cover lightly with vermiculite as light aids germination. Transplant into larger containers when the first true leaves appear. Harden off and transplant outside after the last frost.

Direct seed : Sow after last frost, barely covering the seed. Thin when the seedlings have the first true leaves.

Germination: 10-14 days at 68-72°F (20-22°C).

Where to plant:  Plant in the sun or part shade into well drained soil.

Harvesting/Vase Life: Fresh: Harvest when flowers are almost completely open. Dried: Allow flowers to open completely. Hang upside down to dry.

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