can bee balm be in afternoon sun upstate?

beartooth208June 29, 2005

I'm outside SYR.

I just planted some bee balm up against a west wall surrounded by other dense shrubs. will it make it with this intensity of sun?

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kareen(z5 NY Renss.Co.)

I have most of my bee balm in intense sun in zone 5, the Albany area, without problem.None are against a wall but I think yours should be ok. Kareen

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    Bookmark   June 29, 2005 at 1:08PM
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I agree with Kareen. My bee balm have always been in direct sun and they bloom beautifully!

P.S. I'm in zone 4 near Saratoga.

Wilton NY

    Bookmark   June 29, 2005 at 2:23PM
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I think bee balm's main requirement is planty of water. It likes sun for bloom devolpment. So if you keep it moist it should do well. I would mulch it as well.

    Bookmark   June 29, 2005 at 4:18PM
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catsmom6(z4 NE NY)

I have bee balm in total sunshine and in shade and they all do equally well. It's a great plant!

    Bookmark   June 29, 2005 at 8:56PM
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thank you for your insight.. kareen, beautiful pics!

    Bookmark   June 29, 2005 at 9:36PM
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hammerl(z5-6 Amherst NY)

I have bee balm on the south side of my house, next to the foundation. Loves it. I have more in the front (East), surrounded by the driveway and walkway... loves it. The only place I haven't had luck is along a fence that gets a good deal of sun in the mid-afternoon. A tall, magenta variety nearly died off this winter over there. My mom has it in her (west-facing) backyard. Again, loves it.

    Bookmark   June 30, 2005 at 9:24AM
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blackie57(z5 NY Broome Co)

full sun, dappled shade, it can take it all.. i love it and even though some think it's invasive, i find it easy to keep in control by just picking the unwanted sprouts in the spring.

    Bookmark   June 30, 2005 at 3:43PM
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