will it continue to bloom longer? I have bought a few new varieties this summer. One is called Fireball and the other is Coral Reef. The blooms are starting to look worn out.
I planted one beside the side walk and it is usually covered in bees. So far I haven't gotten stung.
I noticed at our local Jay C Food stores that they have some really nice large Bee Balm plants, I think they call it Monarda, I was tempted to buy another beautiful pink one last night, but my hours have been cut down severely at work. So best not for now.
Jane, that is the real name for bee balm is Monardo. I was tempted to get some from Krogers the other day but they wanted way too much for the pots they had so thought I'd wait to see if it gets clearanced out. LOL
The pots of bee balm (monardo) that I bought a couple weeks ago, were only $5.99 and they were nice and tall plants in large pots. The ones at Jay C Foods Plus was $ 8.99. There were in the same size containers, but they looked really nice. I was very tempted, they hardly ever mark any plants down at Jay C and people seem to buy them right away.
Do you know if I can cut the old blooms off now and maybe it might rebloom this season?
Hope you have a nice 4th of July!
The bee balm that I have will keep blooming if I deadhead. I just snap off the spent bloom. I have problem keeping mine looking nice. They get the mildew or whatever it is that they can be prone to getting. I only have one plant and its not all packed in tight with other things though. My little dog seems to love that plant. Everytime he goes by it he has to stop and smell the plant...its kind of funny thats the only plant he's really attracted to. Lori
Jane I have Monarda and just love them. I have the red and the hummers really like them. I am not sure but I did look this up for you.
Monarda prefers to grow in consistently moist soil (mine sure don'r get that ) receiving full sun or afternoon shade. Plants will grow in partial shade but at the expense of flowering. Soil should be amended heavily with organic materials such as compost and well rotted manure. One mistake we often see is overcrowding new plants - space the taller varieties at least 30 inches apart and the smaller dwarf types (Petite Delight) 12 inches apart. Feed plants in early spring with a top dressing of composted manure and bone meal, feed again in mid summer with a compost tea or fish emulsion drench. After plants have finished flowering an foliage begins to decline cut the plants all the way back to the ground - this hard pruning will often result in a second round of flowering. Monardas are very vigorous growers and will need to be divided every three years to keep them looking their best.
not sure about bee balm specifically..but most flowering plants think they're done when they bloom then the blossom dies..so you have to deadhead to keep it blooming.
I need to get into my petunias and daylilies tomorow.
Can't get a real break in the weather today..tomorrow is to be nice though.
Once Monarda is done, it's done. There may be a few minute side shoots, but I've never had success in Michigan.
There are several varieties that resist mildew.
Instead of buying, see previous pots on how to obtain plants :-)
I deadhead my bee balm with no problems. I got tired of looking at such a beautiful plant but always being plaqued by the powdery mildew so I went to a garden centre a few weeks ago and asked about the problem. They recommended a sulfur based fungicide. You can apply the powder or mix it with water which I chose to do and so far no mildew. I also used it on my phlox and again so far no mildew. Keeping fingers crossed that this will solve the problem
perennials bloom once a year annuals bloom all year until killed by frost.
I planted a couple different purple monardas this year, but also have the red. Not sure what the name of the red is, but I don't think it is fireball. The red attracts the hummers in the front flower bed. Some of mine in the back that I transplanted are red and are dying out. They don't get enough sun as crowded out by a tall plant. I will have to address that area soon. Quite often beebalm (monarda) is invasive and spreads too much.
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