Asked on Aug 20, 2017

Bee Balm plant is black and dying, other plants near by are thriving



Salvia planted next to Bee Balm is thriving, both on same drip system and amount of sun. Is it disease the plant picked up? Lack of water? Sun? Nutrition? Anything we can do to help plant recover?
From left to right, Salvia, Coneflower, dead Bee Balm, Salvia.
All were planted at the same time and transferred from 6" growing pots to ground. We added plant food at time of replanting
On the left side of the house, same configuration, this Bee Balm is holding out, but not looking great.
Close up of hanging in there Bee Balm.
From the right side of the house, close up, looks like it caught fire?!
5 answers
  • Sounds like over watering and lack of sun to me. Dig it up and move it to a better location.
  • Des6698269
    on Aug 20, 2017

    Lack of vitamin? Try sprinkling a teaspoon of Epsom salt on the base of the plant and then water.
  • Elaine
    on Aug 20, 2017

    Yes, I agree with Naomie. It sounds as if it has a mildew or (perhaps) fungal problem and probably needs better air circulation.
  • Pat3971193
    on Aug 21, 2017

    2 teaspoons of baking soda & 1 qt. of water. Put in spray bottle, shake it & spray flowers. Don't overspray...this is called powdery mill dew. It works. I was having problems with mine & I ask the man that I buy my flowers from & this is what he told me. I have even done it to some of my marigolds. My bee balm doesn't even look like it ever had the mildew. GOOD LUCK!!!!

    • Rhonda
      on Aug 21, 2017

      Thanks for all the advice...will try the spray...and see what happens !!!
  • Cindy
    on Aug 21, 2017

    I would dissolve a tablespoon of Epson Salt in a gallon of water. Sprinkle it on the soil where the plant meets the soil. This will put enzymes into the soil. Then water real good. The extra water will help the roots receive the salt. I hope this helps you.
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