Monarda (Bee Balm: M. didyma & M. citriodora) - Key Growing Information

Monarda stalks, also known as bee balm, for their ability to attract a host of bee and other pollinating species.
DAYS TO GERMINATION: 10-14 days at 68-72°F (20-22°C).

SOWING:
Transplant (recommended): Sow 6-8 weeks before last frost. Transplant into cell packs or larger containers when the first true leaves appear. Harden off and transplant outside after last frost.
Direct seed: After last frost, sow seed thinly, barely covering the seed. Thin when the seedlings have the first true leaves.

LIGHT PREFERENCE:
Sun/Part Shade.

SOIL REQUIREMENTS:
Any well-drained soil.

PLANT SPACING:
12-18".

HARDINESS ZONES:
Varies. M. citriodora: Annual. M. didyma: Perennial in Zones 4-9.

HARVEST:
Fresh: Harvest when flowers are almost completely open. Dried: Allow flowers to open completely. Hang to dry.

USES:
Suitable as a fresh cut flower. Excellent dried flower. Border plantings. Edible flower

SCIENTIFIC NAME:
Monarda spp.

ALTERNATE NAMES:
Bee balm