IMPATIENS or BALSAM

The species includes Impatiens sultani to about 2 ft. with deep red flowers in profusion, which bloom very shortly after cuttings are well rooted if potted in a mixture of peat, loam and sand. It can be used for summer bedding if planted out in early June after all risk of frost has ceased. The orange-scarlet /. Holstii is often treated as an annual, 18 in. high, and can also be put in beds or borders in sunny position after the frosts have gone.

The true balsam is bnpatiens balsamina, a warm greenhouse plant which produces long spikes of double flowers reminiscent of small camellias in pink, red, violet, white and yellow in late summer. Seed is sown in early spring. It can be bedded out in early June but does not usually flower until late summer.

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