How to plant Monarda

Monarda are hardy to -15C, which means you can plant them directly outside in pots or borders in spring and there is no need to protect them from frost over winter.

— Soak the roots in water for 3-6 hours prior to planting.

— Plant directly into a weed-free space in a border in spring. Alternatively, to avoid disturbance, you can pot them up into temporary pots to grow on for a few months first.

— Plant the roots so that they are fully submerged with the crown or buds just below the surface and any top growth or leaves exposed.

— Plant in borders or sturdy containers in full sun or partial shade.

— If planting in containers, use multipurpose or soil-based compost.

— Space the plants 20-30cm apart

— Water-in after planting and keep hydrated when in growth in the first season. Once established, they will only need watering when the soil is very dry.

Read further general instructions about planting bare-root perennials

Planting instructions