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Upscale™ Red Velvet Bee Balm

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  • Partial Sun to Full Sun (At Least 5 Hours of Direct Sunlight)
  • Mature Height 32 Inches
  • Mature Spread 36 Inches
  • Growing Zones 4 - 8
  • Use As A Filler In Containers

Upscale™ Red Velvet Bee Balm has giant, deep cherry red blooms that attract any pollinator  in the area. The long-lasting flowers produce loads of nectar that hummingbirds and butterflies cannot resist. The fragrant foliage gives a minty note to herbal tea and potpourri blends. While Monarda hybrids are in the mint family, it is a more well-behaved relative that can be easily contained by regular dividing and replanting. Red Velvet is the tallest Monarda in the Upscale™ series and makes a dramatic statement either in the garden or cut fresh for arranging.

The height of Upscale™ Bee Balm makes it a natural addition to the back of a perennial border or pollinator garden. It also works well in a naturalized part of the garden where it can spread freely. As with most plants in the mint family, Upscale™ Red Velvet Bee Balm is rarely bothered by browsing deer or nibbling rabbits. Slugs and snails may be attracted to the tender shoots of this herbaceous perennial early in the spring but are not a problem as the plants grow larger. Low maintenance and drought tolerance is built into Monarda of all varieties. The Upscale™ series is no different.

Upscale™ Red Velvet Bee Balm Care

Bee Balm grows best in a full-sun location with well-drained soil. Soil pH is not important as Bee Balm tolerates slightly acid or slightly alkaline soil equally well. Regular watering to maintain consistently damp soil is essential for the first year after planting. This helps the plant produce a robust root system that will be drought tolerant in following years. Mulching yearly with finely shredded arborist chips or organic compost will help the soil retain moisture and will add nutrients as the mulch decomposes. 

Deadheading throughout the growing season helps Monarda to produce more blooms. However, a rejuvenating cutback at mid-summer is the low-maintenance way to encourage a second flush of flowers late in the summer. Cutting the plants back by half will encourage a dense branching structure and many more flowers for a late-summer garden display. Bee Balm should be divided in the early spring as new growth emerges. This gives the newly replanted starts enough time to fully establish before the dormant winter period. 

Upscale™ Red Velvet Bee Balm Spacing

Bee Balm is notorious for contracting powdery mildew and fungal rust, which usually don’t kill the plant but make for unsightly foliage and a shortened flowering season. Proper spacing when planting allows for good air circulation around the plants and helps prevent pests and diseases from attacking. The mature height of Red Velvet is 32 inches with a spread of 36 inches. Space plants 3 feet apart on the center when planting in a large grouping. 

Upscale™ Red Velvet Bee Balm Information

USDA Hardiness Zones: 4 - 8
Plant Type: Perennial
Light Exposure: Partial Sun to Full Sun (At Least 5 Hours of Direct Sunlight)
Mature Height: 32 Inches
Mature Spread: 36 Inches
Spacing: 36 Inches
Habit: Clumping
Flower Color(s): Red
Flower Description: Cherry red
Bloom Period: Mid Summer
Foliage Type: Herbaceous
Foliage Color(s): Green
Foliage Description:
Seasonal Interest: Spring Flowering, Summer Flowering
Watering: Average
Resists: Deer
Tolerates: Heat
Attracts: Bees, Butterflies, Hummingbirds
Container Role: Filler
Uses: Borders, Containers, Mass Planting
Features: Attracts Pollinators, Cut Flowers, Foliage Interest, Fragrant, Low Maintenance
Brand: Proven Winners
Common Name: Upscale™ Red Velvet Bee Balm
Other Name(s):
Scientific Name: Monarda hybrid

Container Sizes

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.

4.5 Pot

4.5" Pot
 Also Known As:
   4.5" Container

 Plant Age:
   ~ 6 months
 Plant Size:
   ~ 3"-6"
 Pot Size:
   ~ 4.5"H x 3.75"W
   1.42 quarts

Quart Pot

Quart Pot
 Also Known As:

 Plant Age:
   ~ 6 months - 1 year
 Plant Size:
   ~ 4"-8"
 Pot Size:
   ~ 4.75"H x 4.5"W
   1.50 quarts

2.5 Quart

2.5 Quart
 Also Known As:
   2.5 Quart Pot

 Plant Age:
   ~ 1 - 2 years old
 Plant Size:
   ~ 8"-12"
 Pot Size:
   ~ 6.5"H x 6.5"W
   2.20-2.30 quarts

#1 Pot

#1 Pot
 Also Known As:
   #1 Container
    1 Gallon
 Plant Age:
   ~ 1 - 2 years old
 Plant Size:
   ~ 10"-14"
 Pot Size:
   ~ 7"H x 7.75"W
   2.26-3.73 quarts

#2 Pot

#2 Pot
 Also Known As:
   #2 Container
    2 Gallon
 Plant Age:
   ~ 1.5 - 3 years old
 Plant Size:
   ~ 12"-18"
 Pot Size:
   ~ 9.5"H x 9.5"W
   1.19-1.76 gallons

#3 Pot

#3 Pot
 Also Known As:
   #3 Container
    3 Gallon
 Plant Age:
   ~ 2 - 4 years old
 Plant Size:
   ~ 12"-30"
 Pot Size:
   ~9.5"H x 11"W
   2.32-2.76 gallons

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Plant Addicts Guarantee (Included On All Plant Orders)

Plant Addicts always guarantees your plant(s) will arrive happy & healthy. However, plant(s) are being shipped through the mail & sometimes accidents happen. If the plant is dead, has dried out roots or the incorrect item was shipped, just notify Plant Addicts within 3 days upon delivery. We may ask for pictures but will try to make it as easy as possible for you. Please note, plant(s) with damaged branches or wilted leaves will not qualify for this guarantee. Plants are very resilient and will rebound quickly when cared for correctly. 

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Guide: How to Care for Your New Plant(s)

Plant Addicts Warranty - 1 Year (Extra Purchase Required)

We encourage all plant lovers to purchase the Plant Addicts Warranty, whether you're a new gardener or an expert. There are many variables outside of anyone's control that can cause a plant to die. Hungry animals, drought, poor soil conditions, over watering, diseases & pests are all good examples of what can cause plants to die. The Plant Addicts Warranty is a 1 year warranty protecting you from all of the unknowns and will replace your plant if something were to happen to it.

The warranty is purchased on a per plant basis and must be purchased at the same time as the plant(s). We will cover 100% of the price of the plant, but the warranty does not cover shipping costs. SImply let us know if your plant has died within 1 year of receiving it and we will get you a new one shipped out as soon as possible (depending on the time of the year and availability). We may ask for photos for documentation purposes, but we try to make the process as easy as possible.

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Guarantee and Warranty

Plant Shipping

Below are some factors we consider when determining when to ship the plants depending on the timing of the order.

Winter to Early Spring

We ship only when it's warm enough to plant in your growing zone.
Sometimes plants aren't completely ready to sell and ship in early spring. We will wait until the plants are ready before shipping so you don't get a subpar product.
For Southern plants we will be able to ship much earlier than plants coming from our northern nursery.


If there is extreme heat we may delay shipping for a week or several weeks.
We review what areas the plants are traveling through as well as your location.

Fall into Winter

We’ll ship plants out all the way up to the end of the fall planting season!


Get your order in early to reserve your plants for Spring planting!

Once your plant is shipped you’ll receive an automated email with tracking information. 

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Planter Shipping

Standard Colors: 2-3 business days

Special Order Colors: 8 weeks - this is due to the planter being custom made with the color(s) of your choice

Please Note: On special orders there can not be any cancellations