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Balsam, Mix

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A favorite old-fashioned flower by 1900.

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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 grows well in both sun and shade, and we recommend areas with some protection from afternoon sun. 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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Balsam, Mix
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Sun The amount of sunlight this product needs daily in order to perform well in the garden. Full sun means 6 hours of direct sun per day; partial sun means 2-4 hours of direct sun per day; shade means little or no direct sun.

Full Shade, Full Sun, Part Sun

Height The typical height of this product at maturity.

2-3 feet

Spread The width of the plant at maturity.

10-12 inches

Ornamental Use Ways in which the product may be used in the garden for ornamental effect.

Beds

Life Cycle This refers to whether a plant is an annual, biennial or perennial. Annuals complete their life cycles in one year; biennials produce foliage the first year and bloom and go to seed the second year; perennials can live for more than two years.

Annual

Sow Method This refers to whether the seed should be sown early indoors and the seedlings transplanted outside later, or if the seed should be sown directly in the garden at the recommended planting time.

Direct Sow

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Sowing Directly in the Garden:

  • Direct sow seeds in average soil in full sun to part shade after all danger of frost.
  • Prepare the soil by removing weeds and working organic matter into the top 6-8 inches of soil; then level and smooth.
  • Most plants respond well to soils amended with organic matter. Compost is a wonderful form of organic matter with a good balance of nutrients and an ideal pH level, it can be added to your planting area at any time. If compost is not available, top dress the soil after planting with 1-2 inches of organic mulch, which will begin to breakdown into compost. After the growing season, a soil test will indicate what soil amendments are needed for the following season.
  • Sow seeds thinly and evenly and cover with ¼ inches of fine soil.
  • Firm soil lightly with your hand, water and keep evenly moist.
  • Seedlings will emerge in 7-10 days.
  • Thin to about 18 inches apart when seedlings are 2 inches tall.
  • Keep weeds under control during the growing season. Weeds compete with plants for water, space and nutrients, so control them by either cultivating often or use a mulch to prevent their seeds from germinating.
  • Mulches also help retain soil moisture and maintain even soil temperatures. For annuals an organic mulch of shredded leaves lends a natural look to the bed and will improve the soil as it breaks down in time. Always keep mulches off a plant’s stems to prevent possible rot.
  • Balsam loves heat, and plenty of water.
  • Monitor for pests and diseases. Check with your local Cooperative Extension Service for pest controls recommended for your area.
  • Remove plants after they are killed by frost in fall to avoid disease issues the following year.
  • Beautiful in mixed borders or shaded beds.
  • Makes a nice temporary ground cover.
  • Plant in drifts and let fill in, or use them as edging plants along walkways, terraces, or at the front of a bed or border.
  • Some gardeners remove some leaves so it is easier to see the flowers.
Sun
Full Shade, Full Sun, Part Sun
Height
2-3 feet
Spread
10-12 inches
Ornamental Use
Beds
Life Cycle
Annual
Sow Method
Direct Sow
Flowering
Yes
Bloom Duration
10 weeks
Flower color
Pink, Red, White