Balsam (Impatiens Balsamina) is an annual flowering plant that can be grown with little care. It belongs to the Impatiens family. They come in many different shapes and sizes with colors of pink, rose, white, red etc.
This beautiful heirloom annual was a favorite with the Victorians. The colorful, exotic looking flowers bloom in a mix of rose, white, scarlet and violet. The lovely, large double blossoms re-seed freely. The mature seed pods are this plant's amazing feature, exploding when touched. An excellent choice for bedding plants, or containers.
Balsam can be grown in containers on balconies or terraces and is a good edging or bedding plant.
The plants are 8 -10 inches tall and wide. The ease of germination and culture makes them a great plant to grow. They are perfect for either containers or directly
in the landscape. When sowing dwarf Impatiens seeds, it takes about 10 weeks to have blooms.
Dwarf Impatiens flowers are early bloomers with a medium growing intensity. They are perfect in planters and hanging baskets. In full or partial shade gardens,
Impatiens grow more colorfully than most any other flower. Impatiens are very carefree and need less water when they are establish .
PLEASE NOTE: Mature plant seed pods will explode when touched or gently squeezed. This is a really neat feature of this plant and kids and adults alike are amazed and thrilled by it.
This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds
Self-sows freely; deadhead if you do not want volunteer seedlings next season
Soil pH requirements:
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)
From seed; direct sow after last frost
Collect seedhead/pod when flowers fade; allow to dry
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