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‘Petite Wonder’- Monarda didyma- Beebalm or Bergamot, a perennial

The Monarda ‘Petite Wonder’ or Monarda didyma which is also known as Bee Balm, Bergamont, Horsemint and Oswego Tea can grow up to a height of 10-15 inches and spread wide about 18 inches to 2 feet. It is a clump-forming perennial. It has flowers that are tubular, two-lipped and light pink in color. The flowers are borne on fragrant foliage. This plant has flowers that bloom from July to August. If the flowers are deadheaded then the bloom is longer and this removal encourages new blooms. It is one of the smallest Monarda in the family. It is known to have the darkest foliage in the family. They have circular crown of rosettes which is a typical feature of bee balm. But these florets are bent in Petite wonder variety. The foliage is very dark green and aromatic and has dense leaves unlike a fully grown Monarda.
Monarda needs full sun to partial shade. Petite Wonders grow well in rich soil and in well-drained soils. It needs Normal, Sandy and Clay type of soils. They grow best in zones 4-9. The leaves of this plant are used for teas and in salads. It is a plant that attracts hummingbirds, butterflies and bees. This plant is used as a perennial border, in wild gardens, meadows, and in herb gardens or along ponds or streams. It is also used as a cut flower.
This plant is a dwarf selection of Monarda. It is also mildew resistant that is common in this family. This dwarf bee balm is non invasive. This plant is known to have been developed in a research station in Manitoba and brought to American Gardens. The other dwarf bee balm is Petite delight.

Growing conditions for Petite wonder

• They need full sun or partial shade.
• It grows well in USDA Hardiness Zone 4 to 9.
• The soil pH Range is from 5.5 to 7.5.
• It needs Normal, Sandy and Clay type of soils.
• The Water Range should be from Dry to Moist.
• This plant needs well drained soil.
• Do not let the plant dry in summer.
• Add organic matter to enhance the growth.
• Add mulch to retain moisture.
• Seeds should be stratified before starting.
• Cast directly the seed in cold frames or greenhouses.
• Maintain the soil temperature of 70° Fahrenheit.
• This plant is best grown by hardwood and softwood cuttings, root cuttings, layering and division.
• The division should be done every 2-3 years in early spring.
• Plant in a deep in-ground barrier.
• Space the plants 60.0 cm / 23.40″ inches apart.
• Propagate by dividing the clump in the spring.
• This plant can be cut back after the bloom in the first season.
• This will enhance second growth of flowers.

Care of Petite wonder

• Water regularly to enhance extensive root system but do not over water or under water.
• Provide enough mulch to retain moisture.
• Divide every 2-3 years to enhance air circulation in the foliage otherwise the plant can become invasive.
• Powdery mildew, rust, tobacco mosaic viruses tend to disrupt established plants. So checking on it is important.
• It is highly resistant to most wilts and viruses.
• It is mildew and deer resistant.

Images of this plant.

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