Impatience balsamina - Garden Balsam - Rose Balsam - Lady Slipper
Balsam is an erect, sparsely branched, tender, annual ornamental garden plant. It has thick- juicy stem, and light green leaves. Its flowers have variety of colors such as pink, red, white, violet or bi color. Flowers bloom singly or in small clusters from leaf axis close to stem. The glossy leaves are a good background to match these colorful flowers.
How to grow Garden Balsam:
Cultivation of Balsam is very simple. Balsam can easily grow in evenly moist, organically rich, well-drained soil in full sun to half shade.
1) Sow seeds directly in the garden and they will sprout in one to two weeks.
2) Cover the seeds with a thin layer of soil.
3) Water the seeds for the first few days for their quick germination.
4) Enrich the soil with compost and transplant in ground 12-14 inches apart or in pots.
5) For bushier growth and profuse flowering, pinch back young plants and water regularly.