Monarda – ‘Pardon My Cerise’

Garden Height
14 - 18
10 - 12
10 - 12
Container Role
Flower Size
Flower Colors
Light Code
Light Level
Part Sun to Sun
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  • Fragrant Foliage
  • Fun Facts Growing monarda near tomatoes in the garden is said to improve the health and flavor of the tomatoes. Monarda is the natural source of the antiseptic Thymol, the primary active ingredient in some kinds of mouthwash. Monarda didyma has a long his-tory of being used by some tribes of Native Americans as a medicinal plant to cure skin infections, minor wounds and even excessive cases of gas.
  • Native to North America

Attracts: Hummingbirds

Resists: Deer

Maintenance Notes:

Prefers rich, moist soil and full sun but also grows well in ordinary garden soil and part shade. This hardy selection is mildew resistant.

Uses Notes:

Best used in landscapes.

Maintenance Category: Easy

Water Category: Consistent

Bloom Time: Late Summer

Hardiness Zones: 8b

Flower Form: Landscape

Soil Fertility: Fertile Soil

Soil PH Category: 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.

Finishing Times [weeks]:

6" and Gallon Pot: 9-12

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.

Grower Tips:

-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.

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