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Bee Balm Native Plant

Botanical Name: Nature & Nurture Seeds

$4.95

MAY BE AVAILABLE MID-DECEMBER

Description

A perennial native wildflower that is easy to grow and good for the bees! Bee Balm competes well against weeds so is a great seed to throw down in an area that you want to go wild. Plants bloom in July and grow in full to part shade reaching 3-4’ tall and spread by rhizomes. Plants are cold hardy to USDA Zone 3, grow well in heavy clay soils and are deer resistant to boot! Bee Balm feeds a diversity of wildlife including bees, butterflies, sphinx moths, and hummingbirds. Leaves and flowers taste like oregano and can be used as seasoning. Erica loves to frolic among the Bee Balm plants and enjoy the sweet nectar when blossoms are placed on the tongue. Our Bee Balm seeds have been wild harvested from our farm. Plants do not flower until the second year. Also known as Wild Bergamot. NN

Growing

Growing Instructions (for USDA Zone 5b):

Start seeds inside 3/21, 1/16" deep. Keep seeds (but not soggy wet) moist until germination. Transplant outside May-June 12-18" apart. Full sun or part shade. Or, direct sow outside 3/1-7/15. Prepare area by loosening soil surface with a rake (remove weeds if possible). Hand broadcast (sow) seeds evenly over area. From seed, these plants can take 1-3 years to become established and large enough to flower. We recommend sowing several species of native plants together such as “Save the Bees” or “Good Bug Blend.” We also recommend sowing annual plant seeds to fill in the area until the native plants get established. Try Blanket Flower, Hopi Red Dye Amaranth, Dyer's Coreopsis or Kale.

 Harvest:

Clip individual leaves or flowers, but don’t remove more than 1/3 of the leaves at one time unless you are taking the whole plant. 

 Seed Saving Instructions for gardeners:

Harvest seeds by shaking mature and dry flower heads into a bucket or bag, or clip seed heads and thresh. Separate chaff by screening and winnowing.

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Description

A perennial native wildflower that is easy to grow and good for the bees! Bee Balm competes well against weeds so is a great seed to throw down in an area that you want to go wild. Plants bloom in July and grow in full to part shade reaching 3-4’ tall and spread by rhizomes. Plants are cold hardy to USDA Zone 3, grow well in heavy clay soils and are deer resistant to boot! Bee Balm feeds a diversity of wildlife including bees, butterflies, sphinx moths, and hummingbirds. Leaves and flowers taste like oregano and can be used as seasoning. Erica loves to frolic among the Bee Balm plants and enjoy the sweet nectar when blossoms are placed on the tongue. Our Bee Balm seeds have been wild harvested from our farm. Plants do not flower until the second year. Also known as Wild Bergamot. NN

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Growing

Growing Instructions (for USDA Zone 5b):

Start seeds inside 3/21, 1/16" deep. Keep seeds (but not soggy wet) moist until germination. Transplant outside May-June 12-18" apart. Full sun or part shade. Or, direct sow outside 3/1-7/15. Prepare area by loosening soil surface with a rake (remove weeds if possible). Hand broadcast (sow) seeds evenly over area. From seed, these plants can take 1-3 years to become established and large enough to flower. We recommend sowing several species of native plants together such as “Save the Bees” or “Good Bug Blend.” We also recommend sowing annual plant seeds to fill in the area until the native plants get established. Try Blanket Flower, Hopi Red Dye Amaranth, Dyer's Coreopsis or Kale.

 Harvest:

Clip individual leaves or flowers, but don’t remove more than 1/3 of the leaves at one time unless you are taking the whole plant. 

 Seed Saving Instructions for gardeners:

Harvest seeds by shaking mature and dry flower heads into a bucket or bag, or clip seed heads and thresh. Separate chaff by screening and winnowing.

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