A favorite old-fashioned flower by 1900.
HEIRLOOM. While today's impatiens, a shade-loving hybrid of African species, was virtually unknown in gardens until after World War II, balsam, which is native to Southeast Asia, was a well-known favorite by 1900. Balsam is best in full sun to half shade. It sprouts in only 4-5 days and flowers early, growing to be 12-24" tall. The narrow plants hold their blooms close to the central stem. Victorian gardeners removed some leaves to better display the 2" across, perfection pink, camellia-like blossoms.
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SunFull ShadeHeight12-24 inchesSpread10-12 inchesOrnamental UseBedsLife CycleAnnualSow MethodIndoor SowFloweringtrueBloom Duration10
Balsam, Mix is rated out of 5 by 11.Rated 5 out of 5 by SummerLove from Easy to grow Even for an amateur gardener like me, I found the seeds all germinated then I planted them in a shady spot. They bloomed all summer and had a lovely fragrance that would make me stop and enjoy while doing my daily chores outside. After using impatiens for years I am now hooked on Balsam and will buy it again next year.Date published: 2015-08-16Rated 5 out of 5 by Flowerette from Balsam Mix Surprise I expected the Balsam Mix flowers to be delicate. The flowers were delicate and multicolored but the stems were huge. I planted them in my hanging container but they rapidly outgrew that. Next year I'll plant them in the main garden. They are quite beautiful with pink and purple flowers blooming for a couple of months.Date published: 2014-09-19Rated 4 out of 5 by MistyLH from So far, so good! Fun and easy to grow from seed! Looking forward to the blossoms.Date published: 2014-04-21Rated 4 out of 5 by TexasPorch from Pretty flowers, but awkward stems After planting these in some pots outdoors early spring, they disappeared and I forgot about them. A few months later, they germinated and sprouted right up! The flowers are quite pretty, but they seem to be smaller than the pictures show. The leaves didn't do very well in the heat, and generally looked awkward and scraggly. The plants self seeded so much it nearly became problematic in containers, but I imagine it would be great for a garden bed. All in all, for containers I would suggest the use of a filler like alyssum to cover up the ugly bottom stems.Date published: 2013-12-09Rated 5 out of 5 by grannieannie from Expose the flowers for better show Like this! It is blooming well against our house where it gets intense AM sun and heat in Delaware. I pluck off a couple leaves that would hide the blossoms- it then looks much showier and doesn't seem to harm the plant. It stands very straight with no droopiness so I planted shorter flowers in front. I also tried it in a pot where it gets more sun but that one for some reason isn't as full. I'll grow this again.Date published: 2013-06-20Rated 5 out of 5 by WPage from Oldie but goodie This flower has been around a long time, but the seeds are hard to locate. Burpee is one of the last companies which still offer them. The are easy to germinate and do well in part shade or full sun (with extra watering). They will reseed too. Thanks Burpee for continuing to offer this old timer!Date published: 2012-05-09Rated 5 out of 5 by krisg from Balsam Great re-seeder I was so happy to find these seeds from Burpee,this is a plant my grandmother always grew and they re-seeded every year(in New York)...they come in a range of colors and are beautiful and the fun part as a kid was popping the exploding seed pods and watching grow back...EnjoyDate published: 2008-06-06Rated 5 out of 5 by mjw2 from Balsam - an Old Fashioned Staple I have fond memories of balsam. It was a staple of my mother's flower beds when I was growing up in the 1950s It is among the easiest flowers I know of to grow, self-seeding year after year, delicate looking yet sturdy with stand-out colors. It does fine in partial shade as well as in sun, and so brings a nice addition of pale-bright pink/lavender/magenta colors to those slightly shady garden beds. This is a wonderful old fashioned flower for the cottage garden. I always leave mine to form seed pods and reseed next year.Date published: 2007-08-17