Top Questions About Bee Balm Plants

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Questions About Bee Balm Plants

Asked by
Anonymous on
October 6, 2011

Q. Bee Balm Not Blooming

I live in northern Louisiana and have a beautiful Bee Balm plant, but it hasn’t bloomed. Any suggestions?

Answered by
Nikki on
October 7, 2011
Certified Expert
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This article will help: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/plant-problems/environmental/plant-not-blooming.htm

Your soil could also be low of phosphorus, which most plants require in order to bloom. Here is more information: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/garden-how-to/soil-fertilizers/phosphorus-plant-growth.htm

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Asked by
Anonymous on
May 1, 2012

Q. Bee Balm

Now that I know the Bee Balm Blob wants to eat my garden, I thought I would take the excess (that I don’t put into a container) into our wooded perimeter. I worked hard to get the buckthorn out. Will putting Bee Balm in its place create a new monster?

Answered by
Nikki on
May 1, 2012
Certified Expert
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Bee balm is not generally that aggressive but it may help to locate it in a shadier location if it is becoming problematic. This will slow its growth rate some.

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Asked by
peggyf on
June 11, 2012

Q. Potted bee balm

I live in Henderson, Nevada. Can you tell me how to take care of bee balm in a pot?

Answered by
Nikki on
June 12, 2012
Certified Expert
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Its care would be the same as those in the ground with exception to watering. In your region, it can get pretty hot, so with container plants you need to water on a daily basis, even twice a day when temps reach 85 F. or above. Here is info on the care of bee balm: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/flowers/bee-balm/bee-balm-care.htm

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Asked by
ursula on
August 23, 2012

Q. What can I do to help my bee balm look better?

This is the third year of my bee balm and it didn’t flower much and was real leggy.

Answered by
Nikki on
August 24, 2012
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They likely need more light. Too little light normally results in leggy plants and poor blooming. You can cut them back and either consider moving them to another location or perhaps you can improve the light by pruning any nearby shrubs/trees or other plant growth. Adding bone meal (phosphorus) to the soil may help encourage flowering too.

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Asked by
Anonymous on
July 4, 2015

Q. powdery mildew and bee balm

I have bee balm plants that have powdery mildew. 3 questions: is it caused by wet or dry conditions? Is a spray of water and milk really an effective preventative? Once it is on the plant, how can I get rid of it (i.e. commercial spray or other recommendation)?

Answered by
Downtoearthdigs on
July 5, 2015
Certified Expert
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Powdery mildew loves moist conditions, though even plants that are somewhat dry can be affected. A weekly spray of milk at a concentration of 1 part milk to 9 parts water may significantly reduce the severity of powdery mildew infections. Neem oil is also effective in treating powdery mildew. For more information, these articles will help: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/plant-problems/disease/get-the-cure-for-powdery-mildew.htm
https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/plant-problems/disease/powdery-mildew-homemade-and-organic-remedies.htm

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Asked by
Bill Eberhardt on
August 25, 2015

Q. bergamot plants

My wife received three dry root bergamot plants. What do I do now? Our garden is a row home backyard with a pond, so
where is the best place to put them? How do I plant these dry root plants? What is the best time of the year to plant them? Can I plant them now or wait until spring?

Answered by
Downtoearthdigs on
August 27, 2015
Certified Expert
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I would go ahead and prepare the planting area and plant the bare roots now.
The link below has growing information.

Make sure you leave enough room for the growth of your Bee Balm plants, as they most varieties grow from 2 1/2 to 4 feet tall.

Daily water is very important for the first 2 weeks, then you can cut back. Mulching around the plants will help with moisture retention.

https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/flowers/bee-balm/bee-balm-care.htm

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Asked by
KelinMD on
September 2, 2015

Q. Bee Balm?

Last summer I transplanted some of my red bee balm from my front garden to my back hillside. By the end of summer, they seemed to have taken root and were holding their own. This summer, I noticed lots of little sprouts coming up and was thrilled to imagine the sea of red bee balm I was going to have. We went away on an extended vacation, and I came back to this: (pic) A hillside absolutely covered with very tall, 5-7 feet, stalky plants with small white flowers that look like mutant Queen Anne’s Lace. The butterflies certainly love it, whatever it is. But it is clearly invasive. My question is, what the heck is it and how did this happen to my bee balm? I had planted a checkerboard pattern of the BB to fill in and this is the exact area I planted. I’m perplexed. It really looked like bb at first, the jagged leaves, etc. Should I rip this out? It is dwarfing my other trees and shrubs. Thank you!

Answered by
Downtoearthdigs on
September 5, 2015
Certified Expert
A.

Red Bee Balm is a cultivated Hybrid.
The Bee Balm has been crossed with another plant likely in the mint family.
It would appear your Bee Balm has self seeded and you are growing--something else!

Because it is likely in the mint family, it may become invasive and it you don't love it, I would dig it up and discard.

https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/flowers/bee-balm/bee-balm-care.htm

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