Bee balm bushes begin bending; bothers buzzv
July 28, 2011 1:47 PM Subscribe
Why is my bee balm falling over?
posted by buzzv to home & garden (8 answers total)
I'm growing new bee balm (monarda) plants for the first time. Everything I read about them suggests upright bushy growth from 1-1/2 to 4 feet. But after reaching a height of only 10-12", all of the stalks have laid down on the ground. This is happening to all my plants.
They appear healthy, and are spreading out roots with new stems emerging within a 6-10" radius from the new plants. They are sheltered from the wind, get full sun 6 hours a day, are in clayish soil amended with cypress mulch and potting soil, watered every other day to all drainage but not allow drying out. I fertilize every other week with 10-10-10.
Gardeners of the green: should this be happening?