Bergamot Seeds - Bee Balm
- 100 Seeds Packet
- Vivid Blossoms: Fiery-red flowers, complemented with brilliant yellow stamens.
- Blooming Period: Blooms are most vibrant in June and July.
- Organic Assurance: Heirloom, open-pollinated, non-GMO seeds that are certified organic and ethically sourced.
- Planting Versatility: Suitable for pots, containers, or garden beds; tolerant to varying light conditions.
- Harvesting: High-yielding plant offering multiple harvests throughout the season.
- Multi-Functional Herb: Catering to culinary, medicinal, and ornamental needs.
- Aesthetic and Aromatic: Its colors and scent make it a dual-purpose herb that elevates the beauty and aroma of any space.
Historical Context: Bee Balm, sometimes referred to as Oswego tea or Bergamot, is native to North America. While its exact origins are steeped in various legends, one tale recalls Native American tribes using the herb both for its therapeutic properties and as a flavoring in foods. The name "Bee Balm" aptly describes its appeal to bees, making it a garden favorite for those wishing to attract pollinators.
Culinary and Medicinal Uses: Bee Balm's versatility stretches beyond the garden. Its leaves and flowers can be incorporated into a myriad of dishes. With its unique fiery-red flowers, it's not only a visual delight in salads but also adds a hint of spice. Its leaves, on the other hand, when brewed, produce a delightful tea. In traditional medicine, Bee Balm has been used for its antiseptic properties, particularly in treating throat infections.
Growth Habits & Planting Instructions: Whether you're a seasoned gardener or a newbie, Bee Balm offers an easy growing experience. It's adaptable to a variety of soil types, though it flourishes best in well-drained soils. If starting indoors, seeds can be sown in pots a few weeks before the last expected frost. When the seedlings are robust enough, transplant them outdoors in a spot with full sun to partial shade. For direct sowing, plant the seeds after any danger of frost has passed. Ensure plants are spaced adequately, at least 18 inches apart, to allow room for growth and airflow. Regular watering will encourage a healthy plant but be cautious not to overwater. Once the fiery-red blossoms make their appearance in June, prepare for a show that lasts until July. Enjoy the attraction it becomes for various pollinators and the zest it adds to your dishes.