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Wild Bergamot (Monarda fistulosa)



Growing Information:

Wild Bergamot (Monarda fistulosa)

DAYS TO GERMINATION: 7-14 days

SOWING TIME: Spring

SEEDING METHOD: Transplant

SUNLIGHT PREFERENCE: Sun/Part Shade

PLANT HEIGHT: 36-48"

PLANT SPACING: 8-12"

HARDINESS ZONES: Zones 4-10

Habitat and Description

Bergamot loves light, moist soil. A great spot to plant your bergamot is in a place that gets the morning sun only - the flowers will bloom longer. You can add bergamot to your garden bed by either planting cuttings or sowing seeds, although if you sow the seeds, the bergamot will grow more slowly than with cuttings. Bergamot is a creeping plant that tends to spread, so you will need to contain it.

Once your bergamot is well established, mulch your plants when they first come up in the spring. Mulching is especially important during the hottest days of summer when your bergamot will especially need moist soil.

If the plants become top-heavy, you may need to support them by tying them to a lattice, tomato cage or other means of support.


Wild Bergamot (Monarda fistulosa)


The benefits of Wild Bergamot (Monarda fistulosa)

Bergamot oil is claimed to help treat several conditions, such as anxiety and depression (when used as aromatherapy). Other benefits of bergamot oil may include treating certain skin conditions, such as psoriasis and vitiligo (when applied to the skin). Although there are supposedly several bergamot oil benefits, the oil can also cause serious side effects when applied to the skin or consumed in large amounts.





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