Balsams are annual flowering plants. These flowers are similar to roses or Camellias. Balsam mixes are one of the most popular varieties of balsam. One of interesting fact about the balsam plant is that it’s one of the richest sources for bees. Balsam is not just known as ornamental plant but it is also used as a medicinal plant. It’s also used for a variety of skin problem like rashes and chapped skin
Planting and care
Balsams are not drought tolerant, so they need to be watered regularly during dry spells to keep the soil consistently moist and prevent the plants from wilting. To help retain moisture, amend the soil with organic matter and apply a layer of mulch. If planted in pots, they may need to be watered daily during hot, dry weather.
Apply compost or a slow-release granular fertilizer at planting time. Container-grown plants may need more frequent feedings with a liquid fertilizer.
Although pruning is unnecessary, you can pinch plants back if they become tall and leggy to encourage bushier growth. Your plants will quickly respond with a new flush of blooms. Flowers are self-cleaning, sparing you the chore of deadheading.
Pest and diseases:
Few serious insect or pest problems bother impatiens, but your plants can still succumb to downy mildew if you are not growing a disease-resistant variety. See below for more information on downy mildew.