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Growing Monarda 'Blaustrumpf' (Bergamot 'Blaustrumpf')

Does anyone have any experience of growing this plant or Monarda's in general? I have been potting three of these on in the greenhouse since the start of the year, grown from bare roots. They will be going into my garden shortly as the greenhouse is getting incredibly hot of late! I have found the greenhouse (that came with the house) really useful in protecting young and small plants from the resident squirrels. if I either plant out or leave small pots outside within reach of the squirrels they will invariably dig around the plant, sometimes digging the entire plant out, killing a few. I don't think I own a pot that does not contain at least some peanuts. Sorry I am ranting, I am not getting on with the squirrels!

Back to my question, do they look healthy to anybody from the photographs? To me they looked a bit on the yellow side. (top picture) Also Is this the typical growth habit of the plant, the stems have become bent and look as if they are trying to form roots on contact with the soil. (middle and bottom picture) Is this the result of growing in the greenhouse, i do find that a lot of what I grow indoors does get a bit "leggy" but put them outside and they have to deal with the squirrels! As I have never grown them before I thought I would seek some advice. Thanks in advance for any pointers.


  • AnniDAnniD Posts: 12,159
    I have grown Monardas before,  but not this variety.  The leaves do look very yellow,  maybe due to lack of light? They do tend to root where they touch the soil. The main problem l find with monardas is powdery mildew. Personally,  l'd get them in the ground ASAP  :)
  • edhelkaedhelka Posts: 2,350
    They look yellow/chlorotic. Maybe they are hungry or they don't like your water. I would plant them now. Last year, I bought plants, smaller than these, and they grew into big flowering plants quickly.
    The habit is normal. They also produce runners just underground and spread from their centre (which will die eventually). A bit like mint and similar plants (they are in the mint family), not easy to contain if you want tidy. Easy to divide and propagate if you want more.
  • Thank you both @AnniD and @edhelka I will get them in the ground tomorrow. I have had a gardening free day today, the first one since COVID lockdown began! Tidy is not the requirement and more plants is always a good thing. I didn't notice the yellowing initially but this might coincide with the switching from rain water to the hosepipe as my three water butts have just run dry?
  • AnniDAnniD Posts: 12,159
    It's possible. l'm sure they will pick up once they're in the garden  :)
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