How to Water a Bee Balm Plant

Overview

Growing herbs with showy and attractive flowers is a beautiful touch to any herb garden. If you grow bee balm in your herb garden, you not only have a beneficial herb to use for making teas and adding to salads, but you have blossoms that will attract bees, butterflies and hummingbirds to your growing area. Plant the bee balm seeds in a sunny location and keep the bee balm plants properly watered during the summer. In the late summer, your bee balm plants will produce blossoms in white, pink or red colors.

Step 1

Prepare a sunny growing area by cultivating the soil with the garden spade. Add compost to the top of the soil to improve the soil quality.

Step 2

Plant the bee balm seeds 1 foot apart beneath one-eighth inch of soil. Water the bee balm seeds carefully with a light spray to avoid disturbing the newly planted seeds.

Step 3

Keep the soil moist at all times while the seeds are germinating. Do not allow the soil to dry out between watering.

Step 4

Add 2 inches of mulch around the seedlings when they emerge from the soil to conserve soil moisture and prevent weeds from encroaching upon the bee balm seedlings.

Step 5

Provide water for the bee balm plants throughout the summer if less than 1 inch of rain falls within a one-week period. Water until the soil is saturated, but not to the point of puddles forming.

Things You'll Need

  • Garden spade
  • Compost
  • Bee balm seeds
  • Shredded mulch (leaves or wood chips)

References

  • National Gardening Association: Bee Balm
  • USDA Plant Guides: Bee Balm
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