The Q&A Archives: blooming flowers

Question: I have beebalm planted in a large container on my patio to attract bees. It has not bloomed. It did not bloom last summer. It has grown really tall, but no flowers. What can I do to help this plant bloom?

Answer: You didn't mention whether or not your bee balm is in full sunshine. If not, move it to a spot that gets all day sunshine. Allow the soil to dry out between waterings (stick your finger into the soil - if the top inch is dry, but the rest of the soil is moist you won't need to water for another day or two). Don't feed your bee balm. Excess nitrogen can encourage lots of green growth at the expense of flowering. Hope this information helps you determine just why your plant refuses to flower.

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