On much motivation by my friend Shubham, I’ve decided to write a blog on our garden plants and gardening, making our world a better and a greener place one step at a time. I hope readers will find it inspiring. I’ll try to keep the content as topic based as possible and will mostly write about plants that I grow in my own garden and are well suited to valley conditions.
Balsam or Impatiens balsam as they are generally called are small growing, annual plants, native to Indian sub-continent. They are one of the easiest growing plants for monsoon season. Their flowers are the indications of the onset of monsoon. They come in varied hues of pink, white, and red. They flowers are very attractive and invite pollinator bees and butterflies. The easiest method of growing them is from seeds. The seeds can be sown directly in the flower beds or the pots and will germinate in a weeks time. Plants can be pricked and planted individually slightly deeper then they were actually growing. They develop new roots on the stem which has been buried under the soil supplying extra nutrients and support to the plant. After the flowering is done the fruit is formed which explode when ripe dispersing seeds far and wide in the garden. In order to collect the seeds, inspect the fruits and when they appear to just burst you can manually collect them in a paper bag and store the seeds. They are easy plants to naturalise in the garden.
Pictures of balsam naturalised in the flower bed in my garden in Dehradun.