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Container Gardening: BALSAM Impatiens in a Container

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tamlamb
Plymouth, PA
(Zone 5b)

April 10, 2002
11:09 PM

Post #26674

Hello I have 2 packs of BALSAM Impatiens seeds I wanna put in a container.. But I wanna add it to either my Canna's or my Brug container, since both are large containers and look empty right now. Since these are annuals would it be ok?
thanks
tamlamb
Pardancanda
"down the Shore", NJ
(Zone 7a)

April 10, 2002
11:36 PM

Post #240607

Tammy, the Balsam Impatiens get rather tall, and prefer more shade than either plant you mention. I thnk something else might be better for underplanting... John

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Larkie
Camilla, GA
(Zone 8a)

April 11, 2002
8:03 PM

Post #241074

my balsam plants get over 4 ft tall..
Larkie
tamlamb
Plymouth, PA
(Zone 5b)

April 12, 2002
1:05 AM

Post #241258

Wow ok thanks, guess I'll find something else. What about moss rose is that small ?
tamlamb
Pardancanda
"down the Shore", NJ
(Zone 7a)

April 12, 2002
2:44 AM

Post #241340

Yes, moss rose, Portulaca, would be perfect! John
Sugar_fl
montgomery, AL
(Zone 7b)

April 14, 2002
2:35 AM

Post #242596

John,
I thought Moss Roses were sun lovers.
Sugar_fl
Pardancanda
"down the Shore", NJ
(Zone 7a)

April 14, 2002
3:11 AM

Post #242642

Sugar_fl,

You're right, moss roses are sun lovers. But I think that either cannas or brugs underplanted with them would be fine, as both of the taller plants require sunny locations also. I'm not expecting they will cast too much shade over the moss roses. Hmmm, how about Coleus then? They will take either sun or shade, would have a more complementary tropical look, cn be pinched to the height required, and would have the same moisture requirements. Good point, Sugar_fl! Tammy, what do you think?

John
Sugar_fl
montgomery, AL
(Zone 7b)

April 14, 2002
3:43 AM

Post #242687

John, I have some Balsam seedlings.. hope they do OK in my hot area.
Sugar_fl
Azalea
Jonesboro, GA
(Zone 7b)

April 14, 2002
4:18 AM

Post #242694

My Balsam thrives in the hot summer sun! But it does get at least 3 ft tall.
Sugar_fl
montgomery, AL
(Zone 7b)

April 14, 2002
5:00 AM

Post #242726

My Balsam seedling stem has gotten tall. Are they supposed to do that? If not can I plant them a little deeper? I have some growing under lites & some in a mini greenhouse.
Weezingreens
Seward, AK
(Zone 3b)


April 14, 2002
5:12 AM

Post #242741

Same thing here, Sugar_fl. My balsams came up on long sturdy stems, even though the lights are right above the flat dome lids. Maybe it's just their nature.
Pardancanda
"down the Shore", NJ
(Zone 7a)

April 14, 2002
2:22 PM

Post #242877

Yes, they grow surprisingly tall, and the flowers will be mostly along that tall spike. Some secondary 'branches' will also appear. These do wilt if they dry out, so probably sun is fine if kept moist. These have the seed pods which sort of 'explode' when you go to harvest them. I did stake mine last year. These are really beautiful, and a nice change from the garden impatiens everyone grows. John
Azalea
Jonesboro, GA
(Zone 7b)

April 14, 2002
4:44 PM

Post #242930

That's why they call them "Touch-Me-Nots". The kids love to pick them but have to watch out for the bees.
Weezingreens
Seward, AK
(Zone 3b)


April 15, 2002
7:22 AM

Post #243353

This is my first year growing balsam. It was one of the plants my mother used to grow in her garden when I was a girl, so I thought I'd try it. The usual impatiens don't do very well up here... too wet and cool I guess.
louisa
Troy, VA
(Zone 7a)

April 15, 2002
10:51 AM

Post #243383

Wet and cool is good for them Wheezin!! I think they are so pretty but my, do they self seed outrageously. I had to finally get rid of mine and took me ages to clear the garden of them but that was in England of course. Now that's just given me a great idea - I could plant them in the wild area of my garden!! Cool!!
Weezingreens
Seward, AK
(Zone 3b)


April 17, 2002
1:11 AM

Post #244374

Around here I'm pleased if anything has time to go to seed, much less reseed. Although the English daisies (bellis) were reseeding clear out into my lawn last summer. I don't mind them at all. They came out of the ice and snow in bud!
louisa
Troy, VA
(Zone 7a)

April 17, 2002
7:58 PM

Post #244995

Hurray for the bellis!!! Plucky little beauties!!
Weezingreens
Seward, AK
(Zone 3b)


April 17, 2002
8:13 PM

Post #245007

Yes! I started my first bellis two springs ago, so I didn't get any blooms until last spring. Bless their fuzzy little tops.. they are such performers and ask so little!

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