Lack of sun is the most common issue. These plants enjoy spending time in the sun, and they need at least 6 hours every day to grow and stay healthy. If you know that your bee balm is in a spot with little sun, then that’s the most likely reason behind your poor blooming!
The bee balm, also popular under the name “Monarda“, is a perennial plant. You will very often find them in bee gardens, as they’re very attractive to bees, butterflies, other insects, as well as hummingbirds.
Even though the bee balm is nowadays mostly used as a decoration, it was traditionally used for medical purposes! The name “bee balm” actually comes from its use – Native American tribes would use it as a balm for soothing bee stings.
It’s important for the soil to remain moist throughout the season while adding mulch will help control moisture. Moisture is very important because of the powdery mildew that we’ve already mentioned. This will occur if humidity is too high, which is why controlling it is important.
The bee balm will bloom in July and the bloom will last throughout the whole summer. During this period, it’s best to deadhead your plant. This will have an amazing effect on every bee balm flower, as they’ll regrow throughout the summer.