Every seed came up, they're about 3' tall with a sturdy stem. Waiting until mid March to put out in the southern (Ga) garden. Will be licking my lips watching them flower and fruit. I like these as an addition to a traditional red tomato salad.
I had 40 mph winds my greenhouse fell over and was so surprised the seeds survived two days in the cold under soil and are still growing. The roots were in tact so i transplanted them, they are doing just fine. 10 stars
This annual wildflower is native to midwest but grows from California to Florida. It naturally inhabits prairies and roadsides. Bee balm is easy to establish, and readily reseeds each year. As the name implies, the foliage smells lemony (turning more reminiscent of oregano late in the season) and the large, purple/pink, sage-like flowers attract hummingbirds, bees and butterflies.
Seed Depth: 1/16". Direct sow onto a well-prepared seed bed, and lightly rake the soil to cover.
Light: Full Sun/Part Shade
Water: Keep soil moist until seeds germinate, and provide supplemental water until plants reach 10-12 inches tall. After that, plants prefer relatively dry soil.
Soil: Well-drained, prefers high clay content but not waterlogged.
Soil pH: 6.6-7.8
USDA Zone: 3-10
When to sow: Direct sow in spring as soil begins to warm.
Optimal soil temperature for germination: 60-70F
Blooming period: Summer
Coverage: 1 ounce covers 1,000 square feet, 3 pounds per acre. Approximately 1,207,000 seeds per pound.