Here is the BEST Time to Start Bee Balm Seeds in Illinois (2023 Guide)

Do you want to grow bee balm seeds in Illinois, but don’t know when to start them?

Starting bee balm seeds is not as easy as it seems.

Here’s why:

  • Bee Balm Seeds must be consistently watered, receive at least 8 hours of sunlight a day, & be kept at room temperature of at least 70 degrees Fahrenheit.

So if you don’t consistently water them they won’t germinate. If they aren’t in a room that is at least 70 degrees Fahrenheit they won’t sprout. And if it receives 8 hours of sunlight the plant itself won’t grow.

  • Because Illinois growing season is not long enough, bee balm seeds cannot be sowed outside and should only be started indoors.

Because of this, I’m going to teach you the ideal time to start bee balm seeds indoors in Illinois:

  • To Learn More About HOW to Grow Bee Balm, Check Out This GUIDE!

When to Start Bee Balm Seeds Indoors

Depending on the type of bee balm, it takes roughly 7 t0 14 days to grow bee balm from seed indoors before you can transplant them into your garden. And it could take 40 days for your bee balm to bloom!

The approximate date of when you should start your bee balm seeds indoors can be found by:

  • Finding the last average frost date HERE
  • And then subtract 7 days from it

You can also find the average last frost date for most major cities in the below chart that I have created:

Illinois Frost Dates

To help ensure the greatest success of your bee balm seeds germinating you should:

  • Use a heat mat to ensure the gardening pot remains at 70 degrees Fahrenheit
  • Use a grow light to control how much light your bee balm seeds receive
  • Water your seeds with a spray bottle to ensure your seeds are not overwatered

It should also be noted that you will not want to introduce your bee balm plants into your garden until 2 weeks after your last frost or else your plant will potentially die or not bloom

If you want to learn WHEN to start ANY Flower Seed in Illinois, head over to HERE and just type in the flower you want to grow.

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