Bee-balms — Spotted bee-balm (Monarda punctata) Seeds

$ 4.75

Sun/part shade.
Dry sandy or gravelly soils of beaches, pine barrens, woodland edges and roadsides.
Native from southern New England south and west to the prairie states, not historically native in Maine.

Blooming in late summer with pale pink tiered flower clusters and gray-green foliage. This plant makes dramatic garden display and attracts a very interesting array of pollinating insects. Combine with blue-eyed grass, sundial lupine, butterfly milkweed and Scotch bellflower for a dynamic season of interest. Foliage can be used for tea. A biennial species, but will self-sow if happy in its location. Deer-proof. 2'

Germination code: A 
Each seed package carries a specific germination code along with the plant description. These codes indicate specific sowing instructions. "A" seeds can be sown outdoors in fall or early spring.

Each seed package carries a specific germination code along with the plant description. These codes indicate specific sowing instructions.

  • A Seeds can be sown outdoors in fall or early spring.
  • B Seeds need a winter or cold period to germinate. Sow outdoors in fall or winter.
  • C Seeds need light to germinate; sow on soil surface and leave uncovered.
  • D Seeds need alternating cycles of warm-to-cold-to-warm to germinate. They can be sown either outdoors in spring or summer and will germinate the following year or in a flat in a warm place for 3 months, then moved to a refrigerator for 2 months, then moved outside in the early summer warmth.
  • E Seeds can not be allowed to dry out. Sow immediately.
  • F Seeds take two years to germinate. Sow outside in the fall or winter and look for germination in the second spring. A shady location prevents the flats from rapid drying and reduces weeding
  • G Large seeds should be soaked overnight in water.
  • FERN: Sow spores in a warm bright location in a sealed container and keep moist. Directions enclosed with package. Challenging.

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All seeds can be sown and placed outdoors in fall or winter bypassing the need for an artificial indoor cold stratification (refrigerator) required for some species when planted in spring. This is the simplest method. See How to Grow Natives From Seed for detailed instructions.