The Q&A Archives: Bee Balm

Question: I have bee balm that is going on 6 years old. What I would like to know is can I dig up some of it and transplant in another part of my yard. When in bloom it looks like a bush, and flower's beautifully every year. I have had no problems with it and I don't touch the dead folliage till the early spring. I love it and so do the Hummer's.

Answer: You can certainly divide your monarda. You may lift the entire plant and break it into sections or simply dig out some "sods" from along the outer edge of the plant. Make sure each piece has some roots and some corresponding top growth, replant immediately into prepared soil, water well, and keep moist until the new plant becomes established. This is best done in spring and actually helps the original plant stay vigorous. Enjoy!

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