Impatiens Seeds - Impatiens Balsamina Flower Seeds

Impatiens Seeds - Balsam

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Flower Specifications

Season: Annual

USDA Zones: 3 - 10

Height: 12 - 18 inches

Bloom Season: Summer through fall

Bloom Color: Mix

Environment: Partial shade

Soil Type: Moist, well-drained, pH 6.1 - 7.8

Latin Name: Impatiens Balsamina

Planting Directions

Temperature: 65 - 70F

Average Germ Time: 10 - 14 days

Light Required: Yes

Depth: Do not cover the seed but press into the soil

Sowing Rate: 4 - 5 seeds per plant

Moisture: Keep seeds moist until germination

Plant Spacing: 12 - 18 inches

Care & Maintenance: Impatiens

Balsam (Impatiens Balsamina) - A wonderful old-fashioned favorite for the flower garden. Grown from Balsam seeds, this favorite will continuously bloom from early summer right up until the first frost of fall. The stems are loaded with a mix of of colors: rose, salmon, white, scarlet, and violet. These Impatiens Balsamina flowers are formed on clean, almost transparent stems with just the right amount of foliage to make a very attractive addition to any flower garden.

Growing Balsam from seed can be done right into the garden after frost season has passed. Balsam germinates quickly in just 10 - 14 days, and it is not too fussy about soil, but a sandy loam works very well. Balsam is one of the few flowers, planted from flower seeds, that can do well in sun or shade as long as it has plenty of moisture. Balsam is a liberal self-slower. After one growing season, it generally reappears from self-sown flower seeds. Balsam will grow rapidly and begin blooming when only a few inches tall and continue to flower until it is as high as 12 - 18 inches. For an earlier start, sow Balsam seeds indoors 6 - 8 weeks before the last spring frost. Do not cover the flower 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, and transplant the Balsam seedlings outdoors, spacing them 12 - 18 inches apart.