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Jul 1, 2017 10:31 AM CST
Are there any Bee Balm plant's that don't need full sun? My yard has a lot of large sugar maple tree's so I don't have any area's that get sun all day, a few places get about 4 hours or so of direct sunlight. I've been wanting to grow Bee Balm for year's but have never tried to because of the lack of a sunny area. I live in western NC. Thank you, Nola
Name: Kurt
Woodbridge , Va (Zone 7a)
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Jul 1, 2017 11:10 AM CST
I actually moved mine out of full sun long ago , but they do like light and good airflow.
the less direct light they are in , the less I would recommend watering them.
they are pretty drought tolerate , but too much water in the shade or poor airflow could lead to a bad case of powdery mildew.

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Jul 1, 2017 12:22 PM CST

The hybrids that are mostly from Monarda didyma actually prefer soil that is not too dry, the original species grows in fairly wet places in nature . The powdery mildew they are prone to tends to be worse if they get dry. There are cultivars that are more resistant to powdery mildew, so look out for those. They can be grown in part-shade. Because the original M. didyma grows in fairly wet places I tried planting some 'Raspberry Wine' at the edge of a pond and it did really well there and spread enthusiastically. Enthusiastic spreading can be a problem with bee balms if you want to restrict them in a garden. There's some more info on them on this Missouri Botanical Garden page:


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