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Balsam

Impatiens balsamina. A tropical Asian native, this Impatiens relative is an old-fashioned, shade-loving annual dating back to the mid-1800s. These narrow plants develop their camellia-like flowers up and down their central stems. It can be direct-sown in warmer climates but is best started indoors 6 to 8 weeks before transplanting out after all threat of frost has passed. Drought-tolerant, this heat-lover likes good drainage, dislikes excessive watering and can handle partial to almost full sunlight. Once they start to bloom, they are free flowering until the first frost. Annual. Summer flowering. Height: 12" to 18".

Average seed life: 2 years.

The Camellia Flowered Balsam Mixture

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Even we were blown away by how prolific our Camellia Flowered Balsam Mixture was for us. The panorama of upright plants sparkled with profuse red, pink, lavender and white camellia-like flowers was absolutely gorgeous. How fortunate for us all that it can thrive in full to partial sunlight. We were delighted with how happy the bees were as they flitted from one large flower to the next. It felt almost tropical.

One packet of about 100 seeds
Catalog #7100
$3.55
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Availability: In stock

$3.55

Gardening Tips

Balsam Sowing Instructions
Planting Depth
:1/8”
Seed Spacing:2”-3”
Plant Spacing:10”-18”
Days to Germination:8-14 days
Germination Temperature:65°-75°F

Impatiens balsamina. Balsam can be direct-sown into the garden or started indoors 6 to 8 weeks before transplanting out after the threat of frost has passed. Prepare bed in full to partial sunlight with rich, well-draining soil. Sow seeds in a good seed-starting medium at 70°F with even moisture, strong light and good ventilation. For consistent moisture during germination, cover flats or pots with plastic wrap until seedlings emerge: then, discard plastic. Harden off seedlings by gradually acclimating them to outside conditions for 7 to 10 days before transplanting out. When plants are 4" to 8" tall, thin or transplant 10" to 18" apart. Drought-tolerant, this heat lover requires good drainage and dislikes excessive watering. Once they start to bloom, they are free flowering until the first frost. Summer flowering. Height: 12" to 18".