What is bee balm good for?

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Does bee balm spread?

Bee balms spread rapidly via underground stems or stolons. In addition, the centers of the clumps often die out within a few years. To control their spread and rejuvenate the plants, it’s usually necessary to dig and divide bee balms every 2 to 3 years.

What is bee balm good for?

Bee balm is antimicrobial and soothing, so it’s often used to treat colds and flu. It also has a soothing effect on the digestive tract and helps to treat indigestion, bloating and nausea.

What does bee balm look like when it comes up in the spring?

You can see how tiny the plants are at this time of year, and the long pinkish-purple rhizomes that do look very much like a vine. These rhizomes can grow as much as twelve inches during a single growing season and are the reason bee balm spreads so rapidly. By the way, not all rhizomes are this color.

Does bee balm like sun or shade?

Bee balm tolerates partial sun, but you’ll get fewer flowers. Space monarda plants 18 to 24 inches apart in organically rich soil with a pH of 6.0 to 6.7 that drains easily. Bee balm needs good air circulation to help prevent powdery mildew, a common fungal disease.

What grows well with bee balm?

Companion Planting and Design Bee balm is a perfect cottage garden plant. I like to let it ramble though a perennial flower border next to tall garden phlox, rudbeckia, roses, and peonies.

What does bee balm attract?

Bee balm is a great addition to a pollinator garden. The flowers attract hummingbirds, butterflies, and bees; and the seed heads will attract birds in the fall and winter. Learn more about plants that attract butterflies and hummingbirds.

How tall does Beebalm grow?

Growth Habit: Bee balm can grow up to 4 ft tall with a spread of 3-4 ft, but dwarf varieties top out at just 15 inches, with a spread of 18-24 inches.

How long does it take for bee balm to bloom?

Bee Balm does not usually flower until the second year. Mature plants, 3-4 years old, can be divided to make new plants.

What color is wild bee balm?

Grey-green toothed foliage. Provide good air circulation, and deadhead flowers to promote more blooms.

Is spotted bee balm poisonous?

Externally it’s an antiseptic and vermifuge, internally, in large amounts, the plant can be fatal. That’s the bad news.

Is Lemon balm the same as bee balm?

BEE BALM and Lemon balm are two distinct herbs, alike in many ways. Both belong to Labiatae, the mint family. Both herbs are hardy perennials, easy to grow, attract bees, yet repel pests. The pretty generic name, Melissa, meaning “bee” in Greek, belongs to lemon balm.

How do you keep bee balm from falling over?

Use clean, sharp scissors or shears to cut them back by about 3 to 6 inches when the flower buds are just beginning to form during the spring. It makes taller, more top-heavy bee balms easier to manage and less likely to fall over due to excessive bulk.

Can bee balm grow in pots?

Blooming for up to 6 weeks from mid summer to fall, this tall flowering plant is a beautiful centerpiece to a garden, patio, sunroom, balcony or porch area. When placed in an area that gets full sun, bee balm can successfully be grown in a container by itself, or as a centerpiece in a larger tub arrangement.

How do you keep bee balm blooming?

Bee balm (Monarda) begin to bloom in July and will continue to bloom throughout late summer. To encourage bountiful clusters of flowers, you will want to deadhead the plant throughout its entire bloom time. As the flowers begin to wilt and fade, cut just above the next flower bud.

How often do you water bee balm?

Bee balms like an even supply of moisture during the growing season. For best performance, water bee balms every 7 to 10 days during dry periods. When watering, soak the soil to a depth of 6 to 8 inches.

Do birds eat bee balm seeds?

But birds don’t only enjoy Bee Balm in summer. The nutlet is a large, hard-shelled seed that forms when the flowers turn into seed. The nutlet attracts finches, sparrows, juncos, redpolls, among other species.

Should bee balm be cut back in the fall?

In the fall or winter, you should prune bee balm after it has died back. Take it back down to just above the soil’s surface. This allows you to clean up the dead plant material, and perennial varieties will begin to show signs of new growth in the late winter or early spring again.

How many colors of bee balm are there?

There are over 15 species and over 50 different cultivars of bee balm that grow both wild and in gardens. Colors range from bright red to lilac to shades of pink and white. Monarda didyma is the variety I grow in my perennial garden bed.

Is bee balm toxic to dogs?

Bee balm is not poisonous for humans. In fact, eating the leaves will not harm a cat, dog or other animals in any way. Despite not being poisonous to animals, eating parts of any plant can cause digestive upset to an animal.

Does bee balm need to be staked?

Bee balm (Monarda spp.) is an herbaceous perennial and a member of the very large mint (Labiatae) family. Because bee balm can grow to 4 feet or more, the plants sometimes need staking.

  • April 30, 2022