Monarda is a classic, cottage garden favorite that is adored by gardeners not only for its fantastic colors, but its evocative fragrance. Not only is is beloved by gardeners- planting Monarda is sure to grab the attention of bees and hummingbirds in the summer garden. An easy to grow favorite that will make a statement this season.
When to Plant?
Plant your Monarda as soon as they arrive in the spring.
How to Plant
Light: Monarda thrives best in full sun.
Soil: Moist soil that is rich in organic matter is perfect for Monarda. It may tolerate lighter soil but rich soil will encourage stronger and taller plants.
Spacing: Monarda plants should be spaced 18-24 inches apart.
- Before planting, soak your roots in water for 3-6 hours.
- Plant your bare roots into temporary containers with a multipurpose compost in the spring.
- Grow in a spot with partial shade.
- Plant your Monarda into borders or permanent containers in the late spring or early summer once full growth has appeared.
- Choose a sunny or part-shaded spot.
How to Care
- Use mulch or organic matter to retain moisture.
- Monarda tolerates moist soil - water once or twice a week during hot spells.
- Humus-rich soil that drains well does best. Soil pH should be neutral or slightly acidic.
Tips & Tricks
- Plant in well draining soil with good air circulation.
- Remove spent flowers to encourage new growth.
- Make sure environmental factors are correct to encourage blooms.