The flowers have double petals and come in several colors, but are partially hidden by large attractive leaves with distinct veins. Balsams are available in white, red, orange, yellow, purple and pink. These flowers resemble mini roses or camellias with dense petals and shades.
Some interesting balsam plant information can be found under another name, touch-me-not. The name is formed by the tiniest touch and is caused by the popping season pods.
How to grow balsam
Start with indoor plants for an early color show. In a warm climate, when the soil warms in spring, sowing can be ordered, but most gardeners will get the best plants by sowing in the apartment no later than 8 weeks before the date of the last frost.
Cover the seeds with soiling and keep them moist. In garden apartments, the top of the soil is covered with plastic to promote germination and retain moisture. Expect germination when growing balsam plants from seeds in approximately 10-15 days.
Care of young balsam plants should include time-release fertilizers at the time of transplanting if the plant is more than 2 inches tall and has a good root base.
Caring for balsam
Balsam requires moist, well-drained soil and works best in partial shade locations. Before transplanting young balsams, fertilize the soil with compost and crush the lumps. Spacing is 12 to 18 inches.
Water the plants from below to prevent powdery mildew. A hose or drip line system that immerses water supports this method of watering. Plants need supplemental watering at least once a week in dry months. Containers and baskets should be watered more often if caring for the basket.
At the end of the season, carefully collect your seed pods and feel the beauty of Rose Balsam for a year in your garden. Dry the pods and place them in a plastic bag or jar in a dark, cool place at home until spring.