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Impatiens balsamina

Balsam

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Features

  • BloomsJune to September
  • Height0.5m to 0.8m
  • Spread0.3m to 0.5m
  • Growth HabitUpright rosette
  • Flower ColourVarious
  • Leaf ColourBright green

Description

Impatiens balsamina (Balsam). This species of annual will produce narrowly lance-shaped, elliptic bright green leaves. The flowers are produced singly or in clusters in the summer.

Characteristics

Annual, Evergreen, Herbaceous

Other common names

Garden balsam, Rose balsam

Origin

India, China, Malaysia

Interest and use

Mixed bed, shade, border, containers.

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Needs

  • LightPart shade
  • HardinessHalf hardy (min 0°C)
  • SoilClay, Heavy, Well drained, Light, Medium, Humus-rich
  • Soil pH5.5 to 7.0
  • WaterMoist

Cultivation

When grown under glass use a loam-based compost with full light. When grown outdoors grow in moist humus-rich well-drained soil in partial shade.

Propagation

Sow the seeds in the spring.

Pests, diseases or disorders

Watch out for grey mould, whitefly, vine weevils and red spider mites.

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