IMPATIENS balsamina 'Tom Thumb Mix' (Balsam - Tom Thumb Mix) is a specific cultivar of the Balsam plant, scientifically known as Impatiens balsamina. Impatiens balsamina is native to Asia and has been cultivated as an ornamental plant for many years. 'Tom Thumb Mix' is a popular cultivar chosen for its compact size and colorful flowers. It is commonly grown as an annual in temperate regions, completing its life cycle within one growing season.
Impatiens balsamina 'Tom Thumb Mix' is an annual flowering plant that grows to a compact height of about 6 to 12 inches (15 to 30 centimeters). It has a bushy growth habit and produces single flowers in a variety of colors. The mix typically includes shades of red, pink, rose, purple, and white.
'Tom Thumb Mix' typically blooms from summer to fall, offering an array of vibrant flowers. The blooming period can vary slightly depending on local conditions, climate, and growing practices.
Balsam 'Tom Thumb Mix' thrives in partial shade to full shade, particularly in hot climates. It prefers fertile, well-drained soil that retains moisture. Regular watering is necessary to keep the soil consistently moist, but be cautious not to overwater as it can lead to root rot. This cultivar is often used in shady garden beds, borders, and containers.
Balsam 'Tom Thumb Mix' can be easily propagated from seeds. Sow the seeds indoors or in a protected location after the last frost date. Cover the seeds lightly with soil and maintain consistent moisture until germination, which usually takes around 10 to 14 days. Transplant the seedlings outdoors once the weather has warmed up and there is no risk of frost.
Balsam 'Tom Thumb Mix' is mainly grown for its charming and colorful flowers. The compact size and range of colors make it an excellent choice for edging, containers, or small garden spaces. It can also be used as a cut flower in floral arrangements to add a pop of color.
Regular deadheading or removal of spent flowers will encourage continuous blooming. Providing a balanced flower fertilizer can support healthy growth and flower production. Keep an eye out for common pests such as aphids and control them as needed.
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Scientific Name: Impatiens Balsamina
Common Name: Balsam – Tom Thumb Mix
Plant Type: Annual
Native Range: North America native plant hailing from Mexico
Height: 12-16 "
Spread: 16-18 "
Exposure: Full Sun, Shade lover
Advantages: Easy to grow, Low maintenance
Blooming Season: Summer
Attracts: Humming Birds, Bee friendly
Flower Color: Mix colors
Moisture: Moderate, Moist
Water Requirement: Water regularly until plants are fully established
Soil Type: Well-drained soil
Uses: Good for cuts, Good for Containers