Bee balm (Monarda didyma)

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http://www.durgan.org/2015/July 2015/22 July 2015 Bee balm (Monarda didyma)/HTML/ 22 July 2015 Bee balm (Monarda didyma)
My perennial Bee Balm plant is in full bloom. There are actually two bumble bees collecting food.Bees are very rare in my garden.
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It's a great picture! I love bees:D Fortunately, they visit my parents' garden quite often.
Your Bee balm plant is beautiful!
 
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I can see a bee and it is a gorgeous flower, and gorgeous color! I have many different types of bees in my garden and they are not nearly as good looking as yours :)
 
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Last year I put Bee balm in, it is my second attempt and it flowered wonderfully this year. What should I do after it flowers? cut it back or just leave it alone? I also wondered about it re-seeding but I have an answer to that now. Makes me wish I had moved it over more ... anyone with any experience on moving the Bee Balm?
 
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Bee balm is most forgiving as a plant. It should be thinned out every three or four years. It spreads by its root system, which can get crowded.. But it takes a year to stabilize after a large disturbance, Sometimes I rototill it almost into oblivion and it recovers in a year or two. It truly is a nice plant to have in a garden.
 
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no, it does not self seed, it gently gets wider and wider. plant it in a spot so it can do that and not roll over something else. not fast at it though.
Thanks Esther. It's on my plant shopping list and I'll have a better idea of where to plant it of o do manage to find it.
 
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Question: when the bee balm is all done for the year can you cut it all down to about couple inches from the ground? I think the answer is yes. I guess if it looks like it could be winter interest it can stay ---also I don't see seeds for the birds.
 

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