Bee Balm Bloom Time


Bee balm flowers are absolutely stunning when they are in full bloom. When exactly do they bloom?
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I am a little impatient when it comes to the plants in my garden. The year after I planted my perennial bee balms, I waited for weeks for the first blossoms to appear. I was worried that I had done something wrong that might prevent the plants from blooming.

When Do Bee Balms Bloom?

Bee Balm’s extended flowering season and ease of cultivation are two of its strongest characteristics.

The plant blooms in huge clusters of lovely flowers on 3-foot-tall stems from mid to late summer.

Regular blossoming begins in July, and if deadheaded frequently, the plant will bloom until late summer.

What Do Flowers Look Like?

The petals of the bee balm flower can be pink, red, purple, and white. Overall, the flower has an open, daisy-like appearance.

The brightly colored tubular flowers are a good source of nectar. Pollinators such as butterflies, bees, and hummingbirds flock to them as a result.

Purple balm flowers full grown in a garden

Deadhead When the Flowers Wilt

When the flowers start to wilt, make sure you deadhead them. This accomplishes a couple of objectives.

When bee balm blossoms droop and wilt, the plant will begin to produce seeds, ending the flowering period. Regular deadheading forces the plant’s energy into the formation of new flowers and it will continue to blossom.

Bee balm is a member of the mint family, which spreads quickly. If you allow your plants to produce seeds, they will easily spread throughout your entire garden. 

While a few plants in the yard are wonderful, don’t let them overtake your entire garden.

Don’t Overfertilize to Force More Blossoms

Bee balms do not require a lot of fertilizer or to be fertilized on a regular basis. In the early spring, a small amount of all-purpose garden fertilizer, such as 10-10-10, sprinkled around each plant is usually sufficient.

It is best to avoid overfertilization. Fertilizer applications that are too frequent or too heavy promote succulent, uncontrolled growth, which may aggravate the severity of powdery mildew.

Alaine Connolly
Alaine has been working way too hard in horticulture since 1992, beautifying golf courses, resorts, and hotels. She is a part time landscape designer who works full time caring for a 28,000 square foot public garden. At home, she maintains her own 400 square feet plot. Alaine lives in northern Illinois - zone 5b.
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