Does bee balm spread easily?

Answered by Michael Wilson

Oh man, let me tell you, bee balm is a spreading machine! It’s part of the mint family, so you know it’s got that minty fresh vibe going on. But here’s the thing, it doesn’t just spread by seeds like some other plants. no, bee balm has a secret weapon – underground rhizomes.

Now, I’m no botanist, but from what I’ve observed in my own garden, those rhizomes are like a network of sneaky tunnels. They creep and crawl under the soil, sending out shoots and sprouts wherever they please. It’s like a little army of bee balm taking over your garden, one inch at a time.

And let me tell you, once bee balm gets going, it’s hard to stop. It’s like the Energizer bunny of the plant world. It just keeps spreading and spreading. I planted a tiny little patch of bee balm a few years ago, thinking it would be a nice addition to my garden, and now it’s taken over half the bed. I’m not complaining though, because those vibrant red flowers are a sight to behold.

But here’s the thing about bee balm – it’s not all bad. it can be a bit invasive, but it’s also a magnet for pollinators. Bees, butterflies, hummingbirds – they all love bee balm. So, if you’re willing to embrace a little wildness in your garden, bee balm can be a beautiful addition.

Now, if you’re not into the whole spreading thing, there are a few ways to keep bee balm in check. One option is to plant it in a container or raised bed, where the rhizomes can’t escape. Another option is to regularly divide and thin out the plants. This can help prevent them from spreading too aggressively.

But be warned, bee balm is a tough cookie. It’s resilient and determined, so even if you try to rein it in, it might just find a way to sneak back into your garden. But hey, that’s part of the charm, right? Embracing the wild and unpredictable nature of our green friends.

So, if you’re up for a little adventure in your garden, give bee balm a try. Just be prepared for its spreading ways and maybe have a plan in place to keep it in check. Trust me, it’s worth it for those gorgeous blooms and the buzzing of happy pollinators.