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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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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.


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.


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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    Start Indoors Start Indoors Starting seeds indoors is called Indoor Sow or Indirect Sow and these dates are when to sow seeds indoors in the spring or summer
    Transplant Transplant When to transplant bulbs or roots in the garden for spring
    Start Outdoors Start Outdoors Starting seeds outdoors is called Outdoor Sow or Direct Sow and these dates are when to sow seeds outdoors in the spring or summer
    Start Indoors Fall Start Indoors Fall Starting seeds indoors in the fall called Indoor Sow or Indirect Sow and these dates are when to sow seeds outdoors in the fall
    Transplant Fall Transplant Fall Transplant Fall-When to transplant bulbs or roots in the garden for fall
    Start Outdoors Fall Start Outdoors Fall Starting seeds outdoors in the fall is called Outdoor Sow or Direct Sow and these dates are when to sow seeds outdoors in the fall
    First Date: Feb-22 - Last Date: Mar-07

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.
Full Shade, Full Sun, Part Sun
2-3 feet
10-12 inches
Ornamental Use
Life Cycle
Sow Method
Direct Sow
Bloom Duration
10 weeks
Flower color
Pink, Red, White
Balsam, Mix is rated 4.8 out of 5 by 17.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Grew like a wild fire!! Planted these in March last spring and they began to grow, and grow, and grow. I was worried they would get too big inside and couldn't wait to plant them outdoors. I was not disappointed. These flowers took off and grew to about 28" and flowered all year til about October. They were beautiful and everyone wanted to know what they were. They had never seen flowers like these where the blooms come on the stalks of the plants.
Date published: 2019-02-19
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Much larger than description I had a huge mass of flowers so thick I could barely get in to cut some, haha. They grew about 4' tall and 2' wide. Grown in rather sandy soil, part shade, not fed a lot. They are pretty flowers, a bit unusual, drop their spent flowers on the table, last long in a vase, BUT the main stems were twice the size of my thumb and super tall so hard to fit in a vase. I will grow them again, further apart, and I would recommend them with cautions to do just that.
Date published: 2018-10-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wonderful flowers, attract butterflies and bees I had some of this volunteer in my yard, started with 3 plants, now have more than 400, but they are so pretty! I love them.
Date published: 2018-09-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautiful flowers, excellent vase life I am glad I bought these flowers. They are very pretty and they last a while in a vase. When you first pick them they may droop over, but they will straighten out over night. The height on mine are higher than described - mine is waist high (About 3'). The spread is about 2'. They were direct sown in a area where cow manure was added and they get afternoon shade. The stems are very thick (Bigger than my thumb). I have not notice any scent, but the bees love them.
Date published: 2018-09-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Outstanding value, beautiful and majestic I bought these because I remember as a child that after they flower you can squeeze the pods and the seeds shoot out. I had no idea that when they flowered this year in my garden they would be so pretty! They are about 18 inches tall and I have them next to some nasturtium that also looks great. I am going to order more seeds and keep these always in my garden. This was a great value and I love them.
Date published: 2017-04-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Vigorous growth and beautiful colors I put these seed in late (early August) to add some new life to my perennial bed and as a trial for next year. These plants came up quickly from seed. The colors of the flowers are bright and cheerful.
Date published: 2016-09-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by 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: 2015-08-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by 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: 2014-09-19
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