Cutting Back Bee Balm - Knowledgebase Question

Humboldt, TN
Question by pdscox
May 3, 2001
Am I supposed to cut back bee balm in the spring? I have a patch that already stands very tall and I am afraid if I don't cut it back it will get "leggy".


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Answer from NGA
May 3, 2001

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Bee balm tends to be a naturally tall and leggy plant. Some gardeners find that cutting back the new growth a bit in early spring helps keep it bushier. On the other hand, the denser plant can also be more prone to mildew or fungal infection due to reduced air circulation within the plant. Sometimes it is better to plant something attractive and short in front of it to hide the legginess.

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