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Plant Identification: SOLVED: ID these balsam flowers

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(Zone 12b)

December 8, 2012
11:53 AM

Post #9353099

Hi friends please ID (I want exact name) the Balsam flowers please.These are taken from a village I visited, there are Red ,Pink and white flower varieties as you can see.

I would like to know it's exact latin name.

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Calgary, AB
(Zone 3b)

December 8, 2012
11:57 AM

Post #9353103

Impatiens balsamina, single and double-flowered.
(Zone 12b)

December 8, 2012
7:30 PM

Post #9353356

Thank you, btw I've got the seeds of pink one can you share which medium I should use for seedlings. Also I would like to grow them in a pot any suggestions please?
Municipality of Murr, PA

December 11, 2012
9:08 AM

Post #9355559

Hi Burraganesh,
I have grown these as annuals here in zone 5. They love full sun, deep loamy garden soil and plenty of water. They grow very well in pots; their root systems are thick and large. The bigger the pot the bigger the plant will get. They germinate quickly and transplant easily as long as they are small. They are easy to collect the seeds from and they can sow themselves. Good Luck!
(Zone 12b)

December 11, 2012
9:45 AM

Post #9355582

Thanks for letting me know that they require big pots. I would give them a try this monsoon season in India in a big pot.
Belleville , IL
(Zone 6b)

December 11, 2012
4:39 PM

Post #9355857

As I remember, they germinate best when just pushed into the soil to make contact and not buried in the soil.They need light to germinate. Also, you can pinch off a lot of the leaves in the long stem so that the flowers are more easily seen. Wait until the flowers appear and then pinch off the leaves that are hiding the flowers. It makes them a lot prettier.
These are one of my favorites.

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