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Growing Guide: How to Grow Monarda

Growing Guide: How to Grow Monarda

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.

Monarda Cranberry Lace Roots

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.

Monarda Cranberry Lace

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