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4 out of 6 people found the following review helpful:

Winchester, VA
October 25, 2014
Very easy to grow
Easy to Grow 5.0
EarlyMaturity 3.5

What are the pros? Very pretty

What are the cons? Gets tatty in late summer


I grew these for the past two summers here in warm, humid northern VA. The first summer I sprinkled seeds thinly into a modestly-prepared seedbed near my vegetable garden. They self-seeded, and next year I had another great show with all of the colors. Their colors include all of the pinks (especially my favorite, a salmon), a few reds, and a purple. I had prolific blooms from about mid-June until the beginning of October. They are very attractive to bumblebees, a plus for me as I'm always trying to bring more pollinators to my vegetables. Baker Creek calls them balsam, and they are a relative of impatiens that were very much in style during Victorian times. For more information about growing these heirloom flowers, search for an article called "Balsam Flowers for the Heirloom Garden" by Jamie McIntosh. They have two down sides: they get tatty by the end of the summer with what looks like downy mildew, and they don't make good cut flowers because they bloom from the bottom up.

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30 out of 32 people found the following review helpful:

January 13, 2011
So Easy!
Easy to Grow 4.0
EarlyMaturity 3.0

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These are beautiful plants that handle summers in Ohio quite well with regular watering. They're so easy to grow that all I had to do was throw a handful of seeds into the dirt and water and within a month I had a corner flower bed full of gorgeous plants. (Which is wonderful since I have limited space for starting seedlings indoors.) They don't flower until later in the summer, but the stems and leaves are beautiful in their own right, and this mix has a variety of red and green stems. The seed pods are fun as well since when ripe they spring open when touched. (Balsam is also known as Touch-Me-Nots.)

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