Impatiens can be found all over the Northern Hemisphere. Common names for impatiens are touch-me-nots, jewelweed and balsams. Some species of impatiens are annuals and some are perennials. The flower itself is about 1 inch long and the plants can grow up to 7 feet tall. Impatiens are fairly easy to grow and live well in sunlight and shade. They prefer moist, rich soils and tend to dominate a garden.
Fill the containers that you wish to start your flowers in with an all-purpose potting soil, leaving about 1/2-inch at the top of the container. Lightly water the soil so that it is moist.
Empty the seed packet into a small bowl and, with a moistened toothpick, pick up one seed and place it in a pot filled with all-purpose potting soil. Press the seed into the soil and cover it with a light layer of potting soil.
Water the seeds again after they have been planted, and place the container in a bright, sunny location. Place the container in a tray or larger container with two inches of water. The plants will absorb the water from their roots as they need it to grow. The seeds will begin to germinate in two to three weeks.
Place a plastic cover on top of the seeds to encourage germination. When the first seedlings appear, uncover the container. Keep the growing seedlings at a constant temperature of 70 to 75 degrees F., and place them under grow lamps for 12 to 16 hours per day.
Transplant the seedlings outside after the last threat of frost. Plant the flowers approximately 6 inches into the ground, and space them 6 inches apart and in rows. Plant the flowers closer to get a thicker garden The plants will do better in the cooler temperatures in early spring, so you may want to begin growing the seeds inside during late fall.
Fertilize the impatiens weekly by using a weakened solution of plant fertilizer. Mix the solution at 1/4 of a normal dosage.