- These plants are well suited to beds and borders in a nice sunny spot.
- Bergamot grows fairly tall, sometimes to 1m, so plant at the back, and in clumps for better effect.
- Plant 40-50cm apart
- Choose moisture-retentive soil that does not become waterlogged in winter.
- Keep them watered during dry spells
- For longer flowering time, deadhead regularly.
- Cut back to 5cm above ground level at the end of autumn.
- Every three years, carefully lift the plants and divide in two at the roots, then replant
- Harvest leaves as you want to use them during the summer months.
- Steep the leaves in boiled water to make a herbal tea.
Annual or Perennial?
Bergamot is a perennial. If you cut it back in late autumn, to 5cm, as long as it doesn't get too waterlogged over the winter it should reappear in spring.
Is Wild Bergamot good for Companion Planting?
Wild Bergamot will certainly attract a lot of bees to your plot, so in that respect is a very good addition to the veg garden.