#1 for the BEES! Bee balm attracts pollinating insects such as bees,
and predatory insects such as beetles, centipedes, spiders, bees, and
butterflies, which "will eat the herbivorous insects and parasites that
eat your plants."
#2 to repel Mosquitoes! Bee balm's scent is an effective mosquito
repellent, but generally works best when its leaves are crushed to
release the fragrant oils
#3 beneficial for
Tomatoes! Bee balm, planted in proximity to your tomato plants, will
improve "both the growth and the flavor of tomatoes."
Space plants 18 to 24
inches apart in rich, well-drained soil. Although it will tolerate
drought, bee balm will do much better if it gets adequate moisture.
Sow seeds at the
surface and push gently into soil, needs light to germinate, with no
more than 1/8" deep in seed starting formula. Keep evenly moist to dry-
not soaked. Seedlings emerge in 14-25 days.
Bi-annual plant that blooms in the second year, with the first year devoted to root growth. Bee Balm
seed does not require any cold treatment, but germination will
improve with several weeks of cold stratification. Germinates in
two to three weeks at a rate of 60 to 70 percent. TRANSPLANT
seedlings after all danger of frost has passed, then plant out in light
soil 10" apart.
Caring for Bee Balm
Every 3 or 4 years, dig
up and divide the plants. Discard the old center section and replant
the outer roots and shoots. Bee balm can get powdery mildew. To avoid
mildew, plant where there is good air circulation and avoid overhead
watering. Also cut back plants in the fall, remove old stems, and clean
up old mulch.
Companion Plants of Bea Balm
Bee Balm is a companion to flowering veggies that depend on bees and other pollinators. Plant Bee Balm in the center of the garden and surround with veggies such as Tomatoes, Peppers, Eggplants and Squash. You may also enjoy 5 Reasons to Plant Wildflowers
Butterflies love this plant, and it provides a great food
source for them! Commonly called Mexican Butterfly Weed, Blood Flower
or Tropical Milkweed, these showy plants have blooms in the colors or
red, orange and yellow.
fragrant blooms and evergreen blue-green foliage! The richest in
essential oils, this is one of the most aromatic Lavender plants of
them all. Reaching 24 to 36 inches high, it boasts 2 1/2 inch, linear,
downy leaves on strong stems.
All of the seeds listed are open-pollinated, non-gmo and non-hybrid,
non-patented, untreated, heirloom garden seeds. Mary has signed the Safe Seed pledge.