This plant, which is available in the Tea Seed Kit may have been included by mistake. According to forum comments found online, bergamot is not actually the plant found in tea. It is actually the oil and peel from the bergamot orange and not the bergamot plant included in the Aerogrow Tea Seed Kit.
- Species: Mint Family (Lamiaceae)
- Germination: 2 Weeks
- Maturity: 3 years
- Size: 5 Feet. Likely to block light
- Available in Seed Kit: Tea Kit
- Aerogarden Compatibility: Not Compatible
Online research reveals only comments from failed Bergamot germination from Aerogarden Tea Seed Kits.
(Although it took several weeks to take off, my Bergamot is now growing like a weed in my Aerogarden. And that when my seed kit was several years old before I started it.)
- "And while we're on the subject...I noticed they also have a new tea kit...I would hesitate about that, as the kind of BERGAMOT that is used in tea, is actually not the plant that they are including in the tea kit, but rather the oil and peel from the bergamot ORANGE, which is a bitter European orange. If anyone has any questions about this, look up "bergamot" in Wikapedia. It will explain the differences in the two." - Josie-Lynn
(Wild Bergamot is also used in tea it's Latin name is Monarda fistulosa. This is the herb used in the old tea kit.)
- "I grow Orange Bergamot mint - I was wondering if it was a bergamot mint. I guess I should call them." - Julesan http://www.aerogardengrowers.com/index.php/topic,2704.0.html
Cultivation and Care
At maturity, the typical will reach up to 4.9 feet high. Note that cold stratification is not required for seed germination and the plant cannot survive exposure to temperatures below -32°F. Expected to germinate in one to two weeks. Apply a starter fertilizer solution for the seedlings. Pinch off the tops of the plants several times during the growing season to encourage branching and bushier grow habit.