Monarda bradburiana (Eastern Beebalm) [20 Seeds]
Germination Information: You have a couple of options with these seeds. One is to surface-sow them in a pot in fall to midwinter and set them outdoors to get a chilling period, which can enhance the germination rate. You could instead provide an artificial chilling period by putting the pot in a plastic bag in your refrigerator for a month or two before moving it to a warm, bright place (remove the bag if the pot will get any direct sun).
It’s also possible that at least some of the seeds could germinate if you start them beginning in warm, bright conditions, but I haven’t tried that myself.
The last time I started this species from seed, I sowed on December 5 and kept the pot in my cool basement (around 45°F). Germination started on January 27.
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Eastern beebalm (Monarda bradburiana) flowers in late spring (mid- to late May here in southeastern PA): earlier in the growing season than most beebalm species. The aromatic foliage has a purplish cast in spring, on stems that start out upright, then nod gracefully as the flower buds form. They eventually straighten up again, to a height of about 2 feet, as the flowers open in shades of pink on rounded heads surrounded by a ruff of pink to purple-blushed bracts. Native to parts of the central and southern US. Full sun to light shade. Perennial; Zones 4 or 5 to 9.
Harvested in July 2022. At least 20 seeds. Unknown ecotype.
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