How to Grow Balsam (Impatiens Balsamina)

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Balsam, or impatiens balsamina, are plants that like a lot of sun and have several medicinal uses. Bring balsam plants inside when facing a cold climate with instructions from a sustainable gardener in this free video series on flower gardening and plant... View Video Transcript

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Yolanda Vanveen

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Hi, this is Yolanda Vanveen and in this segment we're going to learn all about how to grow impatiens balsamina. Now impatiens come in many different shapes and sizes and there's so many different families of impatiens and there's many that are called busy lizzies. So this impatiens is not a balsamina and it prefers a shady spot with good drainage but likes a lot of moisture and it's a little hardier than the balamina. Where the impatiens balsamina is from southern China, India and into Malaysia so it really likes a lot of sun as opposed to the other impatiens that likes shade. So if you get the impatiens balsamina, make sure that you put it in a full sun area because it will not do well if you don't give it any sun at all. They're called impatiens because they're impatient to grow and multiply. They take a few years to really get crowded which a lot of people like as well. And the plants have lots of medicinal uses. They can treat diseases, burns and snakebites and when you touch the pods, the seedpods, they just pop and the seeds go everywhere. So the impatiens balsamina are different than other impatiens. They like full hot sun and good drainage and they are not winter hardy in cold climate so you got to bring them inside. But they will bloom all summer long through the fall and give you so much joy in your garden.