Lemon Mint Monarda
This annual Monarda was a real eye-catcher in our trials. Plants are over three feet tall and attractive. In mid-summer, swirls of pink to lavender blooms begin appearing at the top of the plant and eventually cover much of the stem. This Monarda is also an excellent bee plant and makes delicious herbal teas.
Germination: 15-21 days
Germination Temperature: Optimum soil temperatures 60-70ºF
Seed Planting Depth: Sow on the surface and lightly cover the seed
Starting Indoors: Start indoors 6-8 weeks before the last frost. Provide 60-70ºF soil temperature. Transplant after the last frost, 12" apart.
Sowing Outdoors: Starting a week or two before the last frost date. Sow a few seeds every 12" or sow seeds close together in a row and when thinning out the seedlings you can transplant them to other places in the garden.
Growth Habit: Upright, branching
Height and Width: 36" x 18-24"
Spacing: 8-12" apart
Light Needs: Full sun to part sun
Soil Needs: Sandy to average, well-drained
Approximate days to flower from seed: 90-100 days
Uses: Flower beds, cut flowers, wildflower and cottage gardens, attracts pollinators
Care: Water seedlings regularly until established. Amend soil with compost before transplanting. Cut back stems as the blooms fade, this encourages more flower production.