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Spotted Bee Balm Seeds - Monarda punctata - Bin90

Spotted Beebalm Seeds, also known as Spotted Horsemint, Dotted Horsemint

A beautiful, aromatic, erect perennial ranging from only 6 in. to almost 3 ft. tall. Rosettes of unique yellowish, purple-spotted, tubular flowers occur in elegant whorls, forming a dense, elongated spike at the end of the stem or from leaf axils. Each whorl is subtended by large, conspicuous, whitish, purple-tinged, leaf-like bracts.
 
Germination:
Indoors: purchase a rich & fertile potting mix, as well as starter pots prior to planting. We recommend peat pots, since they will prevent root shock when transplanting later on. Sow 4 to 6 seeds per pot, 6 to 8 weeks prior to the last frost. The seeds will require direct lighting to germinate properly, so we suggest not burying your Bee Balm seeds with topsoil. Water the seeds daily by misting them with a spray bottle. Because temperatures should be above 70F as mentioned above, you might consider moving the pots on top of the fridge at night to keep them nice and warm. Another neat trick to retain moisture, is to cover the pots with cling wrap as well.
 
Outdoors: prepare your sowing area by removing all unwanted weeds & other plant life. Turn the earth, or replace it with a fresh new soil, which should be filled with organic matter. Sow your seeds directly to the surface of the soil, not covering the seeds with any topsoil. Because sowing Bee Balm seeds directly outdoors is a bit more risky, you may consider sowing on a day that is calm & free of high winds. Sow 4 to 6 seeds to establish 1 complete plant. Once your Bee Balm plants get taller, you might want to add a 2 inch layer of mulch around the base of each plant.