Organic Bee Balm

Joyful, gorgeous and deliciously medicinal, bee balm is easy to grow and tenaciously perennial. Also known as monarda or wild bergamot, Monarda fistulosa is native to the Northeast, attracting beneficial pollinators and building soil. Soil blocks are our go-to, especially for native seeds, so we sow in soil blocks about 6 weeks before final frost, potting up with each set of true leaves and transplanting out after frost danger has passed. Bee balm can also be established through August, though she may not flower until her second summer if sown past June here in Zone 5.