What is the annual plant called balsam, and where can I find it? #174211 - Ask Extension

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What is the annual plant called balsam, and where can I find it? #174211

Asked April 09, 2014, 8:46 PM EDT

I read about an annual plant called balsam. What is balsam, and where can I find it? I don't recall seeing it in any garden centers I have been to in the past.

Scott County Minnesota

Expert Response

Balsam or Impatiens balsamina is an old-fashioned tender annual with trumpet-shape blooms, mostly in shades of pink. You can grow your own transplants from seed. Balsam seed sprouts in only 4 to 5 days and flowers early, growing to be 12 to 24" tall. Plant established plants outdoors in spring after all danger of frost has passed. Balsam needs rich, well-drained soil.

http://plants.ces.ncsu.edu/plants/all/impatiens-balsamina/ http://www.burpee.com/flowers/balsam/balsam-mix-prod000129.html?catId=2085&trail=&_requestid=796811
Pat Mack Replied April 09, 2014, 9:29 PM EDT

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