Bee Balm Seeds
Bee Balm Seeds
Chemical-free farm-grown Bee Balm (Monarda didyma) seeds for organic growing.
All seed varieties are grown at our farm, Fireweed, or gathered sustainably from the near by wilds. We gather, process, and package every seed variety we carry ourselves with love and care in small batches. We never purchase seeds from outside sources to resell to you. All of our varieties are open-pollinated, grown without the use of chemicals, hybrid-free and GMO-free.
1 pkg (approx 60-80 seeds)
Bee Balm, Bergamot, Oswego Tea
Eastern North America
Grows to about 2ft all in bloom. Multi stemmed from underground rhizomes spreading to form a nice dense patch. Produces unusual looking tubular flowers arranged in clusters around a central head. Lavender, pink, purple, and red are common bloom colours.
Easy to grow and will tolerate a variety of conditions. Ideally they are given regular to moist well-drained soil and full to part sun exposure.
The seeds germinate easily and are best sown in flats in the spring and then transplanted out once they are big enough.
The foliage will die back in the fall at which time the plants can be cut back. They will regrow in the spring. Bee Balm patches can be dug and divided every few years to encourage new vitality. This should be done in early spring or fall while the plants are still dormant.
The aerial parts can be harvested throughout the growing season. The flavour is milder and less astringent in the spring. The medicinal properties are more concentrated when the plants are in bloom during the heat of summer.
The chopped leaves of Bee Balm are pleasant enough to use as a delicate flavouring to salads. The flowers can also be added to salads. The 'bergamot' flavour is reminiscent of Earl Grey tea. (Earl Grey tea btw is flavoured with the oil of the Bergamot orange and has no relation to the Bee Balms).
Bee Balm tea makes a great digestive aid, diuretic, and cold and flu remedy. There is also something wonderfully light and uplifting about Bee Balm, and the aroma of a pot of tea steeping on the stove can bring a sense of lightness and calm to a home.
Attracts Pollinators, Deer Resistant, Apothecary Garden, Container Garden, Low Maintenance.