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Tom Thumb Blend Balsam Seeds

Tom Thumb Blend Balsam Seeds

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A shade-loving sensation that brings bursts of color to your garden. Standing at a compact 12"-16" tall, these bushy plants are a charming centerpiece. Watch as the plants come alive with bumblebees and hummingbirds indulging in the array of flowers in shades of violet, white, rose, scarlet, and salmon.
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  • Variety Info
  • Sowing Info
  • Growing Info

Variety Info

Family: Balsaminaceae

Native: Exact origin unknown, possibly India

Hardiness: Annual

Exposure: Part shade. Balsam will adapt to a wide range of light from morning sun to nearly full shade. Where summers are hot, afternoon shade is especially important.

Bloom Period: Spring and summer

Plant Dimensions: 12"-16" tall; 12" wide

Variety Info: 3/4"-1" double blooms in shades of violet, white, salmon, rose, and scarlet.

Sowing Info

When to Sow Outside: 1 to 2 weeks after your average last frost date.

When to Start Inside: RECOMMENDED. 6 to 8 weeks before your average last frost date. Ideal soil temperature for germination is 65°-70°F.

Days to Emerge: 7 -14 days

Seed Depth: 1/8"

Seed Spacing: A group of 3 seeds every 12"

Thinning: When 1" tall, thin to 1 every 12"

Growing Info

Special Care: Balsam often reseed. Deadhead (remove spent blooms) if reseeding is not desired.