I tried Winter Sowing some Marshall's Delight Monarda a couple of years ago and had no sprouts. Of course, the seeds could have been sterile, planted too deep - I lightly covered them, too old,etc. I received them from a trader and had no reason to think they would send me old seeds. I know that some seeds, such as pansy seed and delphs need to be fresh to germinate.
So, have you been able to get plants from WS your Monarda seeds, and if so, which ones, and did you do anything special when planting them?
I have more seeds received in a seed robin and I would really like these to grow this time! Thanks,
Hi there Linda! :) I have never WS'd Bee Balm myself before, but considering that it is native to the US, from New York all the way down to Georgia and out as far as Michigan, I'd guess that it should indeed Winter sow, and you sure can start some with seed, (though the most common forms of propagation are either root or hard-wood cuttings). The seeds certainly should produce something for you, so all I can think of is maybe that first batch was perhaps too old, maybe? (oh yeah, they are ok for a couple-a-few years, they don't *need* to be fresh) Or, maybe the soil conditions weren't just precisely so for 'em? I know they like to grow in organically-rich soil and don't like to dry out at all, and they really like the sun.
I hope this helps you, and I would definitely say "Go For It" with your new batch of seeds!
Good Luck! =)
I've WS'd seeds from my monarda successfully. They were even a couple of years old. Be forewarned, the special varieties like Blue Stocking or Jacob Cline may or may not come true; I believe Marshall's Delight will, though. I planted a mix of reds and purples and got a mix of reds and purples, so it worked out well.
Hiya! I work at a local small family-owned nursery and garden center here in Maryland. It's called Longwood Nursery, but years back its name was Longwood Gardens... and then came the troubles with the name. It being the same name as the one in Pennsylvania, we were told we had to change our name for legal reasons, so now we are Longwood Nursery. A big leap, huh? =)
Thank you for giving me hope, Celene. I have Blue Stocking and have had it for some time. I've never seen a single volunteer seedling from it though. That gave me pause, and I was wondering if perhaps it was not possible to grow Monarda from saved seed. Many of the plants that are easily WS'd are ones that produce volunteers in my yard on a regular basis - lavender, guara,coneflowers - Big Sky series with the exception of Sunrise, Siberian Blues Dianthus are some that have given me volunteers each spring. I'm going to go ahead and plant the Monarda seeds I have and see what comes up!
Thank you, tcs, for your response. I had Raspberry Wine Monarda but it did not produce seeds. I thought that was strange considering how many seeds that my Blue Stocking has produced through the years. I received the original Blue Stocking plant in a trade, so have never tried to start any of the seeds I harvest from it. The Raspberry Wine Monarda was also received in a trade. However, it became so invasive that I've been removing it and giving it away as it tries to re-establish itself. It also is a powdery mildew magnet here.
I'm confused as usual..aren't the seeds in the dried up bloom? My raspberry wine monarda has spread profusely..some of the little leaves, I will try to transplant and give away at plant swap or friends. This plant was given to me by Pennefeather and it was beautiful last year and I expect it will be the same this year. I did WS some seeds but they haven't germinated any sprouts yet, neither have my BES seeds that came from my own plants, knowing BES, it will come through the mulch and grow.
It definitely spreads by fallen seed... i have it everywhere -- thankfully i love the plant.
I have found that some spread by "runners"
I have some new ones on the side of my house, that are spreading that way.
I will have to go write down the names.
my Purple Rooster is small, and does not look like it spread like the others.
the bigger one, i think has "Prairie" in the name, and i believe it's purplish blooms.
I found my Pink Lace in Wisc last weekend, it's coming up nicely too.
There was one flower bed that i did not get a chance to check -- I put monarda there too.
Last June, when we were at our Upper Midwest RU, we go to this sort of local nursery... i stumbled upon a HUGE pot, totally outgrown gallon pot of a monarda [again - i'll have to look up the name... prairie something ] I was able to divide it into 4 separate plants... that's how HUGE it was.
On all my new ones, I'll be checking for seeds in the Fall.