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Bee Balm: How to Grow and When to Plant in Your Backyard or Patio Garden!

Bee Balm blog post
Bee balm is in the same family as mint and is grown very similarly. It is not only easy to care for, but it grows and spreads by itself, coming back year after year. For this reason, it is best to keep them in their own containers so they do not take over other plants in the garden. Bee balm is known for its amazing scent and beautiful flowers! They are great at attracting beneficial critters to your garden including hummingbirds and butterflies!

How to Grow:

Bee balm can be planted indoors to get a head start on your season 2 months before your last spring frost. You can transplant outdoors or plant directly by seed after the last spring frost and up until 8 weeks before the first fall frost. You can see specific dates for your location using our FREE iOS, Android, and Universal Web App.

Bee balm will be planted 1 per square foot. We like to put them into Smart Pot containers because they can be invasive and grow quite large if not pruned regularly. Bee balm will require full sun and regular watering. Take care to notice what plants are around the area as well, see the companion plant section below. Bee Balm will make a terrific companion plant by attracting a number of beneficials into your garden!

Companion Plants:

Companion planting is a vital part of organic gardening. Companion plants assist in the growth of others by attracting beneficial insects, repelling pests, or providing nutrients, shade, or support. There are also plants that do not like being next to each other. Some plants get too tall and can provide too much shade for your plant. Sometimes certain plants attract the same pests, so it is important to try and separate these.

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Pests can be one of the most difficult challenges you face in the garden. We strive to grow food without the use of pesticide and luckily there are natural solutions for most of these nasty pests! The pests listed below are common ones for bee balm:

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Bee balm will be ready to harvest in approximately 60-80 days.
Use scissors to harvest bee balm at any point after it has a few stems with leaves. Most people will wait for the flowers to appear before harvesting as well.

Cooking & Eating!

Bee balm is used commonly in teas. It has a great flavor to add into salads as well, especially a fruit salad!

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