A classic and timeless popular plant. Before the impatiens of today, there were Balsam Flowers or the first of Touch me nots . Todays gardeners are bringing this heirloom back to their gardens.Combines well with other impatiens and coleus. Upright plant at 10" tall, and stems are packed with double impatiens like flowers. Very Shade tolerant plant that brings the tropics to your garden. Sow indoors 1 month before last frost. A true Victorian garden favorite that has been neglected and forgotton for too long. Packet (100 seeds).
Tips on How To Grow Balsam Seeds
A true classic, old fashioned plant. Also called Lady's Slipper, Rose Balsam or Touch Me Nots in times past.Very exotic plant.Dwarf plants are 10", and the stems are loaded with mini rose type buds.
DIRECT SOW: Plant Balsam seed right into the garden, after all danger of frost has passed, Balsam is a prolific self-sower. After one season of growth, it generally reappears from self sown seeds the next year. After frost has passed, scatter seeds where desired, or sow seeds indoors 6 to 8 weeks before the last spring frost. Do not cover the seeds with soil, as they need light to germinate. Until the seeds germinate, cover the seed trays with clear plastic to maintain high humidity. Water from below to prevent damping off. or for an early start plant seeds in flats 6-8 weeks before the last frost.Space seeds 2 inches apart, then thin to 10 inches.
GARDEN HINTS: Balsam likes good soil, well drained but with a steady supply of moisture. It thrives in part shade as well as in the sun. Combines well with other Impatiens as Balsam is part of the Impatiens family- plant with Coleus. These fun seeds pop open from a fuzzy green foot-ball shape pod. thus the name Touch Me Nots.