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southeast Texas (Zone 8b)
Bloom where you're planted
Cat Lover
Jan 16, 2017 12:46 PM CST
Any advice about growing bee balm (monarda) in the Big Thicket area? I have a raised bed which gets about six hours of sun each day (if it's not raining - yikes!) and would love to plant bee balm.
The soil in the bed has some clay, sandy loam and compost and is covered with bark mulch. It borders an eight foot privacy fence painted white and made of lattice. The white paint seems to reflect the sun well, and even on cloudy days seems to reflect light onto the bed. Consequently the bed probably gets the equivalent of even more than six hours of sun. I am just wondering if bee balm
can grow in well-drained but still moist acidic soil. Any ideas, info, or advice will be appreciated very much. Thanks.
"When the flower blossoms, the bee will come."
Name: Daisy I
Reno, Nv (Zone 6b)
Not all who wander are lost
Garden Sages Plant Identifier
Jan 16, 2017 3:12 PM CST

My experience has been that about the only thing you can do to kill Monarda is forget to water it or water too much in cold weather (root rot).
Life is not a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and proclaiming...."WOW What a Ride!!" -Mark Frost


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