Panorama Mix Monarda
Panorama is the most true-to-type monarda to grow from seed. The sturdy 36-48" plants carry blooms in many shades of scarlet, bright red, pink, salmon, and crimson. Makes a good cut flower. Near legendary for its ability to attract bees and hummingbirds. Monarda leaves and flowers also make a nice tea.
Perennial, zone 4-9
Germination: 15-21 days
Germination Temperature: Optimum soil temperatures 60-70ºF
Seed Planting Depth: Sow on the surface
Starting Indoors: Start indoors 6-8 weeks before the last frost. Provide 60-70ºF soil temperature. Transplant after the last frost, 12-18" apart.
Sowing Outdoors: Starting a week or two before the last frost date. Sow a few seeds every 8-12". Sow 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, spreads by runners
Height and Width: 36-48" x 18-24"
Spacing: 12-18" apart
Light Needs: Full sun to part sun
Soil Needs: Average to fertile, well-drained
Approximate days to flower from seed: Blooms late in the season when started early indoors otherwise blooms in the second season
Uses: Flower beds, cut flowers, edible 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. For vigorous plants divide in spring or fall, every 3-4 years.