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How to Grow Balsam Flowers
Annuals and Perennials, Impatiens, Balsamina
Growing Balsam is an easy to grow annual. Balsam is a Victorian garden favorite. It grow quickly with little attention.
Also called Balsam Bush, it blooms summer thru fall, with gardenia-like flowers. Continuous blooms grow on top of a bushy, glossy leaved plant. Balsam Bush is a member of the Impatiens family. Colors include shades of white, pink, rose, violet, and red. Balsam are native to Asia, North America, and South Africa. There are annual and perennial varieties.
Balsam is a great plant for your balcony or deck.
Use large pots to provide plenty of space for them. Balsam also is a good bedding or edging plant.
Plant Height: 14" - 20"
Flowers Bloom: Long flowering, from summer through fall.
Balsam are grown from seed. They can be directly seeded into your flower garden, or star plants indoors in trays or flats for transplanting later. Sow indoor starts about 6 weeks before the last frost. Keep soil moist while germinating.
Sow seeds early in the season, and cover with 1/8" of soil. Water thoroughly. It is important to keep the soil moist during the germination period.
Balsam produce a continuous, profusion of flowers by early to mid-summer, and all the way to frost.
Days to Germination: 10 - 15
How to Grow Balsam:
Balsam likes full to partial sun. In hot areas of the country, shade the plants from afternoon sun.
The plants prefer a rich, well drained soil. Water them during dry periods, once or twice per week. Don't allow the roots to remain wet. Add a general purpose fertilizer regularly for optimum growth.
Space plants 12-18 inches apart.
Once established, Balsam will grow well and bloom continuously well into fall. Annual varieties are susceptible to frost.
Insect and Disease:
If insect or disease problems occur, treat early with organic or chemical insect repellents and fungicide.
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