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Posted by sorie6 Zone4 Colo (My Page) on
Tue, Jul 13, 10 at 17:27

I'm so mad. I bought bee balm at Paulino's it has meldew!! It hasn't got plants around it. There is lots of air. I wanted red it's pink. I thought Paulino's was a good place. Not to sure now!! Of course I didn't save the reciept!! what can I do for the meldew? Thanks

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RE: bee balm

Very common. Not their fault.


RE: bee balm

  • Posted by skybird z5, Denver, CO (My Page) on
    Tue, Jul 13, 10 at 22:50

Hi Sorie,

What Dan says! Monarda almost always has mildew to some degreeusually bad! I used to try to not sell it to people, but theyd see the flowers and want it even after I warned them. So as long as you want to have bee balm, I think youre going to just have to put up with the mildew. In my experience you wont find anything at all that will even put a dent in powdery mildew on Monarda! (There are now whats called "mildew resistant" varieties, but by looking at them, I could never tell the resistant varieties from the non-resistant varieties!)

BUTDo you still have the plant tag that came in the pot? If you do, whats the variety name? Some varieties that are described as "red" are really more pink or bright pink or something besides what Id call redkind of like "blue" perennials are almost always purple! But there really are "red" beebalms, and if you can tell me the variety name I can probably tell you if it should be RED or not. If you got one that really should be red and its blooming pink, Id recommend digging it upwith the flower(s)and taking it back over there along with the tag that came in the pot. They dont guarantee plants after theyre soldthey have signs up saying thatbut if you bought one thing and got something else, Id expect them to stand behind that and replace it for you. You could call firstask for Johnand tell him what happened. Of if you just go, look for John inside or Cheryl out in perennials (have somebody call her on the radio if shes there but not out in the retail area), and tell her about the problem. (Tell him/her Dee suggested you try to get your problem resolved.)

Post the variety name if you can find the tag.


RE: bee balm

I'd caution that plant tag colors aren't always right on and add to skybird's advice that the variety is important, not color. But powdery mildew is ubiquitous and loooooves bee balm.


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