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Name: Deb
Buffalo, Minnesota (Zone 4b)
Region: Minnesota Birds Cactus and Succulents Hostas Hummingbirder
dmurray407
May 5, 2013 5:56 PM CST
This is probably a weird question.....I love Bee Balm and have it in my garden for my hummingbirds-but my husband hates it because it attracts bees (go figure!) I have had a lot of problems with it spreading in my garden-I don't think he would mind it quite so much if it stayed put. Does anyone have any suggestions for planting it so that it won't spread-like in a container set in the ground or something? The roots go crazy and I need to keep them corralled Smiling I want to keep the roots contained but still want plenty of drainage.
Any suggestions welcome!
Thanks!
Deb
Deb
Name: Cinda
Indiana Zone 5b
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gardengus
Jun 3, 2013 5:03 PM CST
Deb sorry for the rather late reply.
Yes beebalm can be grown in large containers I have done so . It also can be contained by planting in a container and bury the container . If you bury the container it should be checked the 3rd year because I have had it grow through the holes in the bottom of the pot and split the plastic pot.

The other solution is to plant it in an island bed that can be mowed around.

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Name: Deb
Buffalo, Minnesota (Zone 4b)
Region: Minnesota Birds Cactus and Succulents Hostas Hummingbirder
dmurray407
Jun 4, 2013 5:44 PM CST
Great ideas! How big of a container do you use?
Thanks!
Deb
Name: Cinda
Indiana Zone 5b
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gardengus
Jun 4, 2013 7:18 PM CST
No less than a gallon but I usually use one of the 5 gallon tubs the shrubs or small trees come in , the more bee balm the better seen by the birds/bees.
Keep believing ,hoping,and loving
all else is just existing.
Name: Deb
Buffalo, Minnesota (Zone 4b)
Region: Minnesota Birds Cactus and Succulents Hostas Hummingbirder
dmurray407
Jun 5, 2013 4:31 AM CST
Thanks! I have a couple 2.5 gal pots I can experiment with!
Deb

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