Monarda – Leading Lady Plum
Tuck this early blooming bee balm into the front of your flower border to create a colorful swath of magenta purple flowers. Butterflies and hummingbirds will adore it!
Attracts: Bees, Butterflies, Hummingbirds
Native to North America
Prefers rich, moist soil and full sun but also grows well in ordinary garden soil and part shade. Provide good air circulation to prevent disease.
Maintenance Category Moderate
Water Category Consistent
Flower Form Border Plant, Container, Cut Flower, Landscape, Mass Planting
Soil Fertility Average Soil, Fertile Soil
Soil PH Category Alkaline Soil, Neutral Soil
pH B - pH 5.8 - 6.2
Fertilization 100 - 200
Light Requirements High
Water Requirements Moderate to Moist
Rooting Out Temperature 65 - 72° Fahrenheit
Growing On Temperature 65 - 72° Fahrenheit
Holding Temperature 65 - 72° Fahrenheit
Planting and Timing Information
Plant Late Summer, Early Fall or Spring for Summer Finish. Standard PPP.
Pinching and Growth Regulators
Pinch two weeks after transplanting to promote branching. These are compact plants and should not need growth regulation for height control. However, a tank mix of B-9 at 2500 ppm plus Sumagic at 3 ppm is effective, if toning is necessary.
Pest and Disease Management
General pest and disease practices as listed in notes. Aphids, Spider Mites and Powdery Mildew can be problematic, treat as necessary.
-Finishing Time of 9-12 weeks is after the onset of Long Day conditions.
-Vernalized plants grow more vigorously and flower more uniformly and rapidly than plants with no exposure to cold.