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Planting Instructions for Monarda (bee balm):

Bloom Time:  Summer Light:  Light sun to light shade
Soil:  Humus-rich, consistently moist but well aerated Moisture: Consistently moist but not waterlogged
Planting Depth:  1/2 to 1" below soil level, then mulch about 1" Spacing:  18 to 24" or more

Upon arrival:  Unpack box and check that you have everything on your packing list. Plant everything within a few days.

Soil/Location:  Plant your Monarda in light sun to light shade in loose and airy, humus-rich soil that stays evenly moist. They don't mind being in full sun but are neither heat nor drought tolerant, so it is best to plant them in a spot that is protected from the heat of the day. Add compost or peat humus to enrich the soil if needed.

Moisture:  Monarda like even moisture will struggle or decline if they are dry for an extended period of time.

Spacing:  18 to 24" or more - they spread to form a large colony over time

Depth:  Monarda grow horizontally from runners, just under the ground. They like good aeration and some moisture, so plant about 1/2 to 1" deep but then cover them with an inch or so of mulch to keep them cool and moist.

General Instructions:  Enrich your garden with generous amounts of compost or peat humus and if needed add peat moss for moisture retention. Mix a couple teaspoons of garden food or bone meal into each planting hole, plant the roots at the depth listed, then water them in. Your Monarda will typically start sprouting within a few days and won't need too much moisture until they are actively growing unless it is very dry. Once they have sprouted keep them evenly moist and water regularly, a coupe times a week, especially if they start wilting.

Landscape Uses:  Plant Monarda in the partially shaded border with garden phlox, hardy geraniums, daylilies and lilies. Corral them with tough or otherwise aggressive perennials such as daylilies and helianthus to help control their spread. It is also a hummingbird magnet, especially the red shades, so is a must for the hummingbird garden.

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