Impatiens is a genus of flowering plants in the family Balsaminaceae, commonly known as balsam or jewelweed. It is a popular garden plant, valued for its profuse and long-lasting blooms in shades of pink, red, and purple.
The leaves are typically green and slightly toothed, and the flowers have a distinctive shape, resembling a small trumpet with a spur at the back.
Impatiens prefer well-drained soil, partial shade, and moderate watering. They are commonly used as bedding plants, container plants, and as houseplants.
Most garden centers do not carry potted nursery starts of garden balsam, so people usually grow this plant from seed. Fortunately, it is a straightforward process.
If you purchase or gather seeds, they will typically sprout in as little as four days when placed in moist soil at 70 degrees Fahrenheit.
To ensure the best results, begin germinating them indoors around six to eight weeks before the anticipated final frost date, allowing about 60 days from the seedling stage to the first bloom.
Light helps the seeds germinate quickly, so avoid fully covering them with soil; instead, gently press them into a seed-starting mix. Keep the soil damp but not waterlogged.
Once outdoor soil temperatures start to increase (usually when the average nighttime temperatures reach approximately 60 degrees Fahrenheit), gradually acclimate your balsam seedlings to the outdoors for more extended periods.
Finally, when the risk of frost has passed, plant them in groups spaced approximately 1 foot apart for maximum impact.
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