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Monarda Raspberry Wine (Monarda didyma Raspberry Wine) are showy and vigorous old-fashioned garden perennials that will bloom all summer long. Another common name these plants go by is Bee Balm, and that is because they are very pollinator-friendly and are also deer-resistant.
One disease to look out for with these perennials is Powdery Mildew. You can avoid this disease by spacing your plants out enough to give them proper air circulation and watering them at the soil level only. Plant your Monarda Raspberry Wine plants in full sun (or part shade in southern climates), well-draining soil conditions, and water regularly.
|Mature Height:||2 to 3 Feet|
|Mature Width:||1 to 2 Feet|
|Sunlight:||Full Sun to Part Shade|
|Habit:||Upright, clump forming|
|Flowering Season:||Early summer to early fall|
|Foliage:||Green, wine-colored highlights|
|Soil Condition:||Prefers dry, average to sandy soil|
|Water Requirements:||Water well until established.|
|Uses:||Extremely attractive when used as a focal point in the mixed border, mass planting. Attracts pollinators and hummingbirds.|
How to Care for Monarda Raspberry Wine
Before you purchase your Monarda Raspberry Wine, be sure to read the recommended care instructions to ensure your plant remains happy and healthy for years to come.
What Kind of Soil Do Raspberry Wine Monarda Require?
We recommend that you plant your Bee Balm in rich, well-draining soil conditions with a PH from 6 to 6.7. If your native soil needs some nutrients, mix in a few inches of compost before planting your perennials. Doing so will help ensure your plant receives plenty of nutrients while establishing in its new environment. Although Monarda Raspberry Wine plants are drought-resistant, they risk root rot disease if they are not in well-draining soil conditions. Root rot disease occurs when your plant's roots sit in standing water for too long and begin to rot.
How Often Should I Water my Monarda Raspberry Wine Plant?
Monarda Raspberry Wine plants are drought-resistant; however, they benefit from having adequately moist soil levels at all times. Always protect your perennial from poor draining soil conditions, especially in the winter. Poor-draining soil could cause your plant to get root rot disease and be permanently damaged. Root rot disease will occur if your plant's roots sit in standing water for too long and begin to rot. However, if your plant is in well-draining soil and you are watering it regularly, you should not have any issues to worry about.
How Often Should I fertilize my Monarda Raspberry Wine Plant?
In addition to planting your Monarda Raspberry Wine in excellent soil conditions, you should fertilize it to promote healthy growth from the start. During the transplanting process, apply a liquid fertilizer every week throughout the growing season. Doing so will not only help feed your plants and help them grow strong, but it will feed the soil and help create a more nutrient-rich soil for your plants to enjoy during the winter. Do not fertilize your plants in the winter; this is their growth dormancy period and a time where they do not require much care.
How Much Sunlight Does my Monarda Raspberry Wine Need?
To ensure your Monarda Raspberry Wine perennial produces the most prolific blooms, be sure to plant it in full sunlight. However, if you live in the Southwest or anywhere in the South of the United States, a touch of afternoon shade will help the plant's flowers last longer. The best time of day to give your plants some shaded time is midday. The midday sun is the brightest and hottest part of the day and can sometimes be too much to handle for your garden plants like Monarda. Giving your perennial a few hours of shade midday will help their flowers stay healthy for longer.