What growing conditions does bergamot require?
Posted by Dobies Staff on 01 December 2014 12:08 pm

This hardy herbaceous perennial will grow to a height of approximately 60-90cm (2-3ft). The Bergamot plant require a fertile, well drained soil in a sunny position.

Sow the seeds outdoors once the risk of frost has passed in late May to mid JUne. Scatter the seed over a finely raked seed bed and keep the soil moist in dry spells. Thin the seedlings to 30cm (12") apart once they are large enough to handle. 

Sowings indoors or in the greenhouse can be made from April to mid June. Sprinkle the seed over a tray of seed compost and cover with a clear polythene bag until germination takes place which will be within 1-3 weeks. Should a build up of condensation occur on the bag remove it and turn it inside out to prevent moisture falling onto the compost making it too wet which can lead to the seeds rotting. Once the seedlings are large enough to handle transfer them into small pots and grow on the plants in a light position. Plant the young plants outdoors 30cm (12") apart once the danger of frost has passed. 

Some of the leaves can be harvested in July and August the year after planting. Remove any dead flower stems in late autumn

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