How to Transplant Scarlet Bee Balm

Scarlet bee balm has a peppery flavor and smell. image by Dmott9: flickr.com

Overview

Scarlet bee balm is most known for its use in flavoring Earl Grey tea or making Oswego tea. The scarlet bee balm has a spicy smell and taste compared to other types of bee balm. Bee balm does best in a sunny location in fertile soil. The plants will spread and may get crowded, so it's important to space them out every few years. Here's how to transplant bee balm when they need more room or if you just want to move them to a a more desirable location.

Step 1

Push your shovel about 1 foot into the ground all around the bee balm plant.

Step 2

Carefully lift the plant by holding it at the base near the roots. Lift the plant out of the ground and be sure to get all the roots in the process.

Step 3

Choose the area where you wish to transplant your bee balm.

Step 4

Dig a hole large enough for the root ball of the plant to fit into the ground. Put the root ball into the hole and cover it with soil. Rake enough dirt around the plant to make a mound.

Step 5

Repeat if you want to add more bee balm plants. Space the plants 1 1/2 feet apart.

Step 6

Spread mulch around and between the transplanted bee balm plants once they are all in the ground.

Step 7

Water your bee balm immediately. Repeat watering every two days so that the roots set. You can check if the root has set by gently tugging upward on the stem after a couple of days. It will feel firm in the ground if it has set.

Things You'll Need

  • Shovel
  • Mulch

References

  • Bee Balm Information
Keywords: oswego tea, bergamot, earl grey tea

About this Author

Based in Ann Arbor, Mich., Robin Coe has reported on a variety of subjects for more than 15 years. Coe has worked on environmental health and safety issues in communities across Ohio and Michigan. Coe holds a Bachelor of Science in journalism with a double-major in international politics from Bowling Green State University. She has also received training and experience as a nurse aide.

Photo by: Dmott9: flickr.com