- Partial Sun to Full Sun (At Least 5 Hours of Direct Sunlight)
- Mature Height 20 - 24 Inches
- Mature Spread 20 - 24 Inches
- Growing Zones 4 - 8
The Sugar Buzz™ series of Bee Balm is a variety bred to have fabulous disease resistance, while producing a profusion of flower heads per plant. Grape Gumball is an intensely juicy purple color that lives up to these expectations. The flower stems naturally branch without any pinching back of the plants early in the season, making this perennial much more bushy and dense than older varieties. Low maintenance is definitely the buzz word for this Bee Balm.
Grape Gumball Bee Balm is a prolific attractor of beneficial pollinators and Hummingbirds. The disease resistance bred into the Sugar Buzz™ means that this Bee Balm will remain blooming much later in the summer without succumbing to the usual mildew and rusts that Bee Balm is known for. Deer resistant. Bee Balm is a great addition to a cottage garden or a meadow planting and works great in a mixed seasonal container as the “filler” or “thriller” plant.
Sugar Buzz® Grape Gumball Bee Balm Care
Bee Balm will take as much sun as you can give it. Part shade in either the early morning or late afternoon is acceptable and preferable in the hottest of the hardiness zones to give these hard working nectar producers a rest during the hottest time of the day. Well-drained and moist soil is required to keep root rots from forming over the winter months. Average to poor soil is fine. Heavy clay soils will cause Bee Balm to have wet feet over the winter.
Grape Gumball Bee Balm will benefit from annual fertilizing with a well-balanced, slow release food early in the spring. Cutting back the previous years’ growth early in the spring will make way for the new, vigorous growth. Mulching in the fall will help insulate the plant crown from harsh winter temperatures. Organic compost or fallen leaves make wonderful mulches. Dividing is recommended every 3-4 years. Bee Balm tends to expand at the edges and get bare spots in the middle of the plant. Dividing regularly will help the plants to stay full and dense.
Sugar Buzz® Grape Gumball Bee Balm Spacing
Grape Gumball Bee Balm is a relatively compact size. A mature height of 20-24 inches and a spread of 16-20 inches will make this perennial easy to add to established gardens. Space the plants at 16 inches, center on center, to ensure good air circulation.
Sugar Buzz® Grape Gumball Bee Balm Information
|USDA Hardiness Zones: 4 - 8|
|Plant Type: Perennials|
|Light Exposure: Partial Sun to Full Sun (At Least 5 Hours of Direct Sunlight)|
|Mature Height: 20 - 24 Inches|
|Mature Spread: 16 - 20 Inches|
|Spacing: 16 - 20 Inches|
|Flower Color(s): Purple|
|Bloom Period: July Through Late Summer|
|Foliage Type: Herbaceous|
|Foliage Color(s): Green|
|Seasonal Interest: Summer Flowering|
|Resists: Deer, Disease|
|Attracts: Butterflies, Hummingbirds|
|Uses: Borders, Containers, Mass Planting, Wildlife Gardens|
|Features: Attracts Pollinators, Cut Flowers, Fragrant, Low Maintenance|
|Common Name: Sugar Buzz™ Grape Gumball Bee Balm|
|Scientific Name: MONARDA SB `GRAPE GUMBALL`|
Please Note: The pictures below are to give a general representation of the different container sizes. The actual size/ages of plants are estimates and will vary based on; type of plant, time of year, last pruning & many other factors.
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- If there is extreme heat we’ll delay shipping.
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Once your plant is shipped you’ll receive an email with tracking information. Depending on the above criteria we’ll ship your plant(s) towards beginning of the following week from your order. We put together this helpful guide of what to do when you receive your plants in the mail.
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