Balsamine Rose Flower - Seeds
Common name: Impatiens
Color: Red, pink, purple, or white
Bloom time: Early Summer
Height: 40 to 100 cm
Difficulty level: Easy
Planting & Care
Balsamine plants are normally bought as well rooted plants from the garden center. They can also be propagated from seeds or cuttings very easily.
Sunlight: Half / Full Sun
Soil: well-drained soil.
Water: Keep soil moist throughout the growing season.
Temprature: 70 - 75F (21-23*C)
Fertilizer: Apply any organic fertilizer.
- Impatiens flower best when protected from the heat and intensity of direct sun.
- Plant them in partially shaded beds, such as those that receive bright, filtered light beneath trees.
- Beds exposed to two to four hours of morning sun but shaded from afternoon sun also work well.
- Too much sun and heat dries the soil too quickly and causes the foliage to lose moisture through rapid evaporation, resulting in wilted, dying plants and poor flowering.
- Apply up to 2 inches of compost and work it into the top 6 inches of soil so the root zone area benefits from the amendment.
- Check soil moisture daily and water when the top 1 inch begins to dry.
- Water container-grown plants until water drains from the bottom of the pot.
Harvesting: Cut the stem from the impatiens plant once the seed pod begins to yellow and dry. The pod splits open at the slightest touch, so leave the bag in place during cutting. Place the stem in a bowl. Remove the bag and split the pod open if necessary. Shake the seeds out of the pod and into the bowl. Separate the seeds from the chafe and other plant materials shaken loose into the bowl. Store the seeds in a sealed jar in a cool, dry place until you are ready to plant.
- Once your impatiens are in the ground, they will need at least 2 inches of water a week if planted in the ground.
- If the temperatures rise above 85 F (29 C) they will need at least 4 inches per week.
- If the area where they are planted does not receive that much rainfall, you will need to water them yourself.
- Impatiens plants in containers will need watering daily and watered twice a day when temperatures rise above 85 F(29 C).
- Impatiens flowers do best if fertilized regularly.
- Use water soluble fertilizer on your impatiens every two weeks through spring and summer.
- You can also use slow release fertilizer at the beginning of the spring season and once more half way through summer.
- Impatiens do not need to be deadheaded.
- They self-clean their spent blooms and will bloom profusely all season long.
Impatiens flowers are bright and cheerful annuals that can light up any dark and shady part of your yard. Growing impatiens is quite easy.
- The most common folk use of this plant is to treat rashes caused by poison ivy.
- Impatiens are one of the edible flowers, but they really don t add much to dishes in the way of flavor, and they are not one of the commonly used culinary flowers.
- You can use Balsamine flowers as bedding plants, border plants or in containers.
The leaves of some flowers also have culinary uses, but be sure to check a trusted food reference source before experimenting.