How to Grow Bergamot | Guide to Growing Bergamot

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How to Grow Bergamot | Guide to Growing Bergamot  



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The Oswego Indians first introduced wild bergamot to American colonists during the time of the Boston Tea Party. Wild bergamot replaced the tea that was thrown into the Atlantic ocean. The fresh or dried leaves are brewed into a refreshing aromatic and medicinal tea.


Perennial (zones 3-9)

10-14 days at 70° F

2 years

Well-drained, moist, fertile

Part shade to full sun

Leaf, flower

12" apart

60 days

Growing Guide
Wild Bergamot is a perennial bush that can reach heights of 5 feet or more, and will show distinct, pale purple blooms that are a favorite of many types of pollinators, especially hummingbirds.


Wild Bergamot is tolerant of a wide range of soil types, but will do best with rich, loamy, fertile soil. Select a location that is partially covered by shade in the heat of the afternoon.

Wild Bergamot should be started indoors 6-8 weeks prior to final average frost of season. Seeds should be sown at a shallow depth; approximately 1/4" deep or twice the thickness of the seed. Transplant outdoors once the final frost of the spring has passed.


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Harvesting Guide
Leaves can be harvested when dry in early-mid morning once dew has evaporated. Use a scissors or snip to clip leaves or fresh flowers.


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