Bergamot, Red (Oswego Tea) (Monarda didyma) packet of 20 seeds, organic
Family: Mint (Lamiaceae)
Hardy to Zones 4 to 9
(Oswego Tea, Crimson Beebalm, Scarlet Beebalm) Herbaceous perennial native to Eastern North America, Flowering crimson to 3 feet. One of our better native American tea plants, the aroma and taste is similar to bergamot orange (Citrus bergamia) of Earl Grey Tea fame. Traditional uses (TNAM): Antiseptic, carminative, mood enhancing. Plant prefers sun to part shade and moist, rich soils of garden or edge of woodland. Sow seed in warm conditions by barely covering, tamping well, and keeping evenly moist until germination, which is rapid. Thin or transplant to 2 feet apart.
20 seeds per packet, Certified Organically Grown
Willow Whyte Lynch –
Is this Bergamot didyma prolific (aka “invasive” in other people’s words)?
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Richo Cech –
We are in north Georgia, Buford 7b… we have heavy clay, but along our “forest” edge, I’ve amended with leaves and sticks we’ve collected over the past year. I was considering adding another layer of clay to germinate these in, with the leaves and sticks underneath, creating a lasagna effect. Do you think these seeds will germinate in the clay?
Richo Cech –
hello DaLove, maybe. i would opt for a more standard propagation approach, planting the seeds in a deep flat of potting soil, for more control, and working up to reasonable size before transplanting to forest edge. richo