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Monarda, Jacob Cline

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Intensely glowing red.

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Monarda didyma Jacob Cline beebalm is one of the easiest perennials to grow. They adapt to any soil and increase quickly. Hummingbirds love them. Use as a background for annuals. Intensely glowing red, extremely large flowers.
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Zone This refers to the USDA hardiness zone assigned to each part of the country, based on the minimum winter temperature that a region typically experiences. Hardiness zone ranges are provided for all perennial plants and you should always choose plants that fall within your range.

4-9

Sun The amount of sunlight this product needs daily in order to perform well in the garden. Full sun means 6 hours of direct sun per day; partial sun means 2-4 hours of direct sun per day; shade means little or no direct sun.

Full Sun, Part Sun

Height The typical height of this product at maturity.

36 inches

Spread The width of the plant at maturity.

36 inches

Bloom Season The time of the year when this product normally blooms.

Fall, Summer

Resistant To Adverse garden conditions, such as heat or frost, deer or rabbits, that this product can tolerate well.

Deer, Drought

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  • Monarda

    Monarda
    Start Indoors Start Indoors Starting seeds indoors is called Indoor Sow or Indirect Sow and these dates are when to sow seeds indoors in the spring or summer
    Transplant Transplant When to transplant bulbs or roots in the garden for spring
    Start Outdoors Start Outdoors Starting seeds outdoors is called Outdoor Sow or Direct Sow and these dates are when to sow seeds outdoors in the spring or summer
    Start Indoors Fall Start Indoors Fall Starting seeds indoors in the fall called Indoor Sow or Indirect Sow and these dates are when to sow seeds outdoors in the fall
    Transplant Fall Transplant Fall Transplant Fall-When to transplant bulbs or roots in the garden for fall
    Start Outdoors Fall Start Outdoors Fall Starting seeds outdoors in the fall is called Outdoor Sow or Direct Sow and these dates are when to sow seeds outdoors in the fall
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Sowing Seed Outdoors:

  • Sow monarda outdoors in a sunny location after danger of frost.
  • Sow evenly and thinly. Cover with ¼ inch of fine soil.
  • Keep evenly moist.
  • Seedlings will emerge in 22-30 days.
  • Thin to 18 inches apart when seedlings are 2 inches tall.

Planting Potted Plants in the Garden:

  • Select a location in full sun to light shade with organic soil with excellent drainage. Monardas prefer drier soils.
  • Prepare the bed by turning the soil under to a depth of 6-12, inches removing any debris, and lightly raking as level as possible.
  • The addition of organic matter (leaf mold, compost, well-rotted manure) benefits all gardens and is essential in recently constructed neighborhoods.
  • Plant on a cloudy day or in late afternoon to reduce transplant shock.
  • Dig a hole for each plant large enough to amply accommodate the root ball.
  • Unpot the plant and gently loosen the root ball with your hands to encourage good root growth.
  • Place the top of the root ball even with the level of the surrounding soil. Fill with soil to the top of the root ball. Press soil down firmly with your hand.
  • Use the plant tag as a location marker.
  • Thoroughly water and apply a light mulch layer on top of the soil (1-2 inches) to conserve water and reduce weeds.
  • Keep weeds under control during the growing season. Weeds compete with plants for water, space and nutrients, so control them by either cultivating often or use a mulch to prevent their germination. 
  • Mulches also help retain soil moisture and maintain even soil temperatures. For perennials, an organic mulch of aged bark or shredded leaves lends a natural look to the bed and will improve the soil as it breaks down in time.  Always keep mulches off a plant’s stems to prevent possible rot.
  • Careful watering is essential in getting perennials off to a good start. Water thoroughly at least once a week to help new roots grow down deeply. Once established monarda prefers drier soils.
  • Good air movement is also important as monarda is susceptible to powdery mildew.
  • After new growth appears, a light fertilizer may be applied. Keep granular fertilizers away from the plant crown and foliage to avoid burn injury. Use low rates of a slow release fertilizer, as higher rates may encourage root rots.
  • “Deadhead”, remove spent flower heads to encourage continuous flowering and prevent seed development.
  • Remove and discard foliage after a hard frost in fall. 
  • In colder regions, apply another layer of mulch (1-2 inches) after the ground freezes in fall. Evergreen boughs (from Christmas trees) provide additional protection. Remove this mulch in the spring.
  • Divide when plants become overcrowded, bloom size begins to diminish or plants lose their vigor, every 3-5 years. Divide monarda in spring when plants are dormant. Monarda has a spreading root system. Spreading root systems have many slender matted roots that originate from many locations with no distinct pattern. These can crowd out their own centers. They can usually can be pulled apart by hand, or cut apart with shears or knife. Replant one division where the plant was originally and plant the extra divisions elsewhere in your garden or give them away to gardening friends. Plant the divisions immediately, or as soon as possible, and water well. Pull out wandering plants that show up where you do not want them.
  • Many gardeners do not cut back perennial flower seed heads in the fall, but wait until early spring before the new foliage appears. This provides food for wildlife over the winter.
  • Monarda is a fabulous pollinator plant attracting bees and butterflies and hummingbirds to the garden. The flowers are good for cutting for fresh arrangements.
  • The foliage of monarda may also be used to make a delicious tea.
Zone
4-9
Sun
Full Sun, Part Sun
Height
36 inches
Spread
36 inches
Bloom Season
Fall, Summer
Resistant To
Deer, Drought
Ornamental Use
Beds, Borders, Cut Flowers
Planting Time
Fall, Spring
Genus
Monarda
Life Cycle
Perennial
Monarda, Jacob Cline is rated 4.3 out of 5 by 19.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome; Prolific Grower Put them in at the end of season last year, and BAM! this season they blew up. The flowers are gorgeous, and the hummingbirds absolutely love them. One problem that wasn't enough to downgrade rating is, as others have pointed out, I was expecting 3' tall and got 5' tall. This just became a placement problem for me because I was planning on them accenting a smallish, growing Japanese Maple, and the bee balm has overwhelmed it, so the flowers will have to be moved. Remember, they're a member of the mint family, so they will tend to proliferate. Be on the look-out for powdery mildew as well. Love these.
Date published: 2019-08-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Really beautiful plant I purchased three and it was a great decision. In fact, I've decided to get three more. I really enjoy watching the hummingbirds flit around and even argue about which one owns the plant. Although it says it is 36 inches tall mine is about 5 feet tall. I am also using Trellis to keep them from falling over. They grew very quickly.
Date published: 2019-08-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Slow start, then wow! I bought these a year ago and they grew slowly but never bloomed. Then this year...wow! Beautiful blooms and everyone wanted to know what they were. They were much taller than I anticipated, so I've moved them to the back of another flowerbed where they continue to do well.
Date published: 2019-07-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Seems to be growing just fine. Planted this in the Fall and this is what the plant looks like today. Seems to be healthy and I can’t wait for it to bloom.
Date published: 2019-05-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I have Hummingbirds!!!! Planted this spring, the plant grew and bloomed in the first season. I have a little guest stopping in my flower garden now. WOW. I am so happy. I would recommend this plant to any bird lover who is looking to bring diversity to their back yard.
Date published: 2017-08-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great buy This is a beautiful plant, the hummingbirds are loving it too!
Date published: 2017-07-17
Rated 3 out of 5 by from It's a slow go. Might have to wait until next season for results. One plant is not enough.
Date published: 2017-07-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Brilliant Red The plants bought last fall are blooming and very red. Brilliant color and nice foliage. The height about 24 inches makes them a bit sensitive to heavy rain because the blooms are quite large. Very humid summer here in North East and so far no mildew on the leaves.
Date published: 2017-07-15
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