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Re: monardas

  • Subject: Re: monardas
  • From: "Kitty" <kmrsy@comcast.net>
  • Date: Mon, 3 Aug 2009 22:45:17 -0500

I've always wanted to live in the country, but I guess there are pros and cons everywhere. I guess I am suited more to my small lot situation, rather than having to deal with what you do Auralie. I'll just be patient and wait on this Monarda. My Mirabilises (is that the plural?) one tender and one hardy more than make up for the Monardas.

neIN, Zone 5
----- Original Message ----- From: <Aplfgcnys@aol.com>
To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
Sent: Monday, August 03, 2009 8:22 PM
Subject: Re: [CHAT] monardas

My 'Blue Stocking' is just now blooming - at about 2 feet.  I always had a
large mass of Monarda because the deer never touched it and it gave me
so much summer color - until last year when the deer completely mowed
it down. It has come back poorly this year - not much bloom so far. I have sprayed regularly with a rotation of three different sprays, and so far not
much has been eaten, but the Monarda didn't come back very strong. It
was such a disappointment to have it eaten. Sorry, Kitty, but I still feel
am losing the battle.

In a message dated 8/3/2009 9:00:42 PM Eastern Daylight Time,
zemuly@comcast.net writes:

Could it possibly be a very late bloomer. I know my old fashioned lavender
monarda quit blooming about a month ago, but the raspberry and the Jacob
Kline are still going strong. I've got two new petit pink ones I've yet to
get planted.  We've had so much rain lately that cleomes and amaranth not
seen in several years have come up and are blooming profusely.
zone 7
West TN
----- Original Message ----- From: "Kitty" <kmrsy@comcast.net>
To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
Sent: Sunday, August 02, 2009 2:54 PM
Subject: [CHAT] monardas

This spring I planted a small division of my last year's Monarda
'Raspberry Wine'.  Quite tall, it is broken but blooming.  I also
purchased and planted in the same general area at the same time Monarda
'Blue Stocking'.  Its tag read 2-4 ft but is only about 15 inches but has
branched out a lot on its own and seems sturdy - but no sign of any
interest in blooming.  Since I used the same fertilizer and planted in
same soil, why would this one not even have a bud by now?  Could it be
that the grower loaded it up with a high nitrogen fertilizer?  But
wouldn't that be gone by now?  I use natural fertilizer mixed in the soil
and some additional Osmocote 6 month 15-9-12.
Any ideas?

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