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Bee Balm - Lemon Mint
Bee Balm - Lemon Mint

Bee Balm - Lemon Mint

Monarda citriodora

A brilliant addition to late summer gardens. Butterflies, hummingbirds, and bees flock to these edible, lavender colored flowers on 12-24" tall plants. Leaves and flowers are used for tea. Full sun. Summer blooming. Self-seeding annual.  

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Average Seed / oz Seed / 100' Row Average Yield / 100' Row Days to Harvest
75000 n/a n/a 80-90
Planting Season Ideal Soil Temp Sun Frost Tolerance
After Last Frost 65-85°F Full Sun Frost Sensitive
Sowing Method Seed Depth Direct Seed Spacing Seeds Per Packet
Transplant or Direct Seed surface 3" 200
Mature Spacing Days to Sprout Production Cycle Seed Viability
18-24" 10-20 Annual 2 years

Bed Preparation

Bee Balm ‘Lemon Mint’ is a self-seeding annual that tolerates a wide variety of soils. Choose a site with full sun to partial shade. Tolerates low to moderate moisture.


Direct sow seed outdoors in fall for germination the next spring or sow in spring after the last frost date. Seed can also be started indoors 4-6 weeks prior to transplanting outdoors. Sow seeds 6-8" apart on the soil surface and press lightly to settle. Seeds will sprout in 10-20 days. Thin seedlings so that mature plants are 18-24" apart.


Flowers and leaves are traditionally used in teas, potpourri and balms. Harvest in 80-90 days after planting.


Dry and store plants in a cool dark place.

Seed Saving

Lemon Mint seed matures late summer-fall. Seed is ready to harvest when brown and dry. Store seeds in a cool, dry place. Seeds are viable for 2 years.

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