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Bee Balm

Posted by roper2008 virginia 8 ( on
Wed, Aug 5, 09 at 7:02

I have lots of dried red bee balm in my garden. Should I cut the
stalks , put them in a bag and shake? I have never seen the seeds,
they must be very small. Also I never seen it pop up anywhere else
in my garden. Maybe they are non-fertile seeds. I have seen the
hummingbirds around it though.

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RE: Bee Balm

  • Posted by remy 6WNY (My Page) on
    Thu, Aug 6, 09 at 8:23

There should be seeds in there. The seeds are small.
The link is a to my previous response and it has a link to a pic.

Here is a link that might be useful: Saving Monarda Seeds

RE: Bee Balm

Thanks again remy. I should have done a search for that question.
This is my first year actually collecting seeds. It is amazing how tiny
some seeds can be..

RE: Bee Balm

Wow, today I decided to collect some seed from my red Bee Balm. It is
not easy at all. Even if I crush the dried heads they don't come out.
They stick to the base of the dried flower. Mine look black, and they
are small. I wanted to share seeds of my Bee Balm with some members
that ask for it. Now if someone wants some, I think I will send them the
whole seed heads.

RE: Bee Balm

Are your buds good and dried? When mine are dry, the seeds will fall out into my hand when I turn the browned blossom upside down. I'd think if you send the whole seed head, that it might not contain mature seeds or it might mold if not entirely dry.

You might want to check out FAQ Beebalm ~ Monarda didyma


RE: Bee Balm

They are as dried up as can be. Have been for awhile. Maybe they
fell out before I picked them. Will try again. Thanks

RE: Bee Balm

What I managed to do to my surprise is that I had put some dried heads in a plastic bag and forgot about them. Tonight I picked the bag up and hit it against the side of a box. To my amazement a bunch of little tiny seeds fell out inside the bag. After that I isolated the heads to the corner of the bag, made a ring with my thumb and index finger securing the heads in the corner, and then I just went at it hitting, flicking, and slapping the seed heads. I have never done this before and I couldn't believe how well it work. Now I have all this seed and can't wait to but it in the harden and attract the bees and hummingbirds.

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