And tea, and ... a broom
I use three methods for propagating monarda: by seeds (sowing at the end of March, planting seedlings in the second half of May), dividing bushes (preferably in spring) and root segments. The most simple and effective second method.
Initially, young plantings do not bloom very abundantly, and already 4-5-year-old bushes give more than a hundred peduncles. However, monarda should not be grown in one place for more than 6 years, since the decorativeness of the plant is reduced.
I have been preparing a place for planting in the fall. Digging, clearing of weeds, bringing in rotted manure, a little horse peat. In dry weather, I must water the plants (otherwise powdery mildew will appear, which, by the way, can be caused by too much fertilizer). I mulch the soil with peat or humus. In the autumn I cut off shoots.
To harvest the monarda, I cut the shoots during flowering. I bind grass in small bunches and hang it in a dark place. I use it in tea as a spice and even as a fragrant broom in a bathhouse.