Plant Care Balfour's Touch-Me-Not

Balfour's Touch-Me-Not

About Balfour's Touch-Me-Not

Balfour's Touch-Me-Not is a super rare houseplant 🌿 that needs regular watering to thrive. They do best in long-lasting, direct light ☀️ and should be less than 1 foot from a window.

Balfour's Touch-Me-Not likes soil that is well draining. Your plant shouldn't need added fertilizers if you repot each time it doubles in size.


Impatiens balfourii

Also known as

Kashmir balsam and Poor man's orchid

How to care for Balfour's Touch-Me-Not

💦 Water

How often to water your Balfour's Touch-Me-Not

Water needs for Balfour's Touch-Me-Not
0.5 cups
every 9

Balfour's Touch-Me-Not needs 0.5 cups of water every 9 when it doesn’t get direct sunlight and is potted in a 5" pot.

Use our water calculator to personalize watering recommendations to your environment or download Greg for more advanced recommendations for all of your plants.

Calculate water needs of Balfour's Touch-Me-Not

Water 0.5 cups every

Does your plant get direct sunlight?

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☀️ Light

Finding light for Balfour's Touch-Me-Not in your home

Light needs and placement for plant Balfour's Touch-Me-Not: 1ft from a window
1ft or less from
a window

Balfour's Touch-Me-Not love being close to bright, sunny windows 😎.

Place it less than 1ft from a south-facing window to maximize the potential for growth.

Balfour's Touch-Me-Not does not tolerate low-light 🚫.

Select your region to see how the current weather in your area affects the placement of Balfour's Touch-Me-Not in your home 🏡.

🪴 Nutrients

How to fertilize Balfour's Touch-Me-Not

Nutrient, fertilizer, and repotting needs for Balfour's Touch-Me-Not: repot after 2X growth

Most potting soils come with ample nutrients which plants use to produce new growth.

By the time your plant has depleted the nutrients in its soil it’s likely grown enough to need a larger pot anyway.

To replenish this plant's nutrients, repot your Balfour's Touch-Me-Not after it doubles in size or once a year—whichever comes first.

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💡 FAQs
💦 Water Needs

Balfour's Touch-Me-Not prefers for the soil to dry out between waterings and should be watered regularly. Use our water calculator to personalize watering recommendations to your environment or download Greg for more advanced recommendations for all of your plants.

Balfour's Touch-Me-Not Water Frequency →

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☀️ Sunlight Needs

Balfour's Touch-Me-Not requires abundant, bright and direct light. Place it less than one foot from a window to ensure it receives enough light to survive 💪. Select your region to see how the current weather in your area affects the placement in your home 🏡.

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🐶 🐈 👶 Toxicity

Greg does not have confirmed data on this plant’s toxicity. If you, a family member, or a pet consumes plant material of unknown toxicity, it’s always best to consult a medical professional.

If you or someone else ingested this plant, call Poison Control at US (800) 222-1222. If a pet consumed this plant, contact your veterinarian or the ASPCA at US (888) 426-4435.

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💨 Humidity

Balfour's Touch-Me-Not prefers dry environments. Providing extra humidity or misting your plant allows water to linger on leaves, which can create the perfect environment for harmful types of fungi.

Balfour's Touch-Me-Not Humidity Needs →

🪴 Soil

Balfour's Touch-Me-Not does best in well-draining soil. A good soil will contain lots of organic matter such as coco coir as well as perlite or vermiculite to help with drainage. Adding a handful of perlite to regular store-bought potting soil should do the trick!

Best Soil Mix for Balfour's Touch-Me-Not →

When and How to Successfully Repot Balfour's Touch-Me-Not →

💩 Fertilizer

Balfour's Touch-Me-Not should be repotted after it doubles in size or once a year, whichever comes first. Fresh potting soil has all the nutrients your plant needs, so as long as it’s refreshed yearly, you shouldn’t need to use fertilizer. Remember, plants get their energy from sunlight, not fertilizer!

How Much and When to Fertilize Balfour's Touch-Me-Not →

🌎 Native Region

Balfour's Touch-Me-Not is native to the Northern Hemisphere.

🧐 Troubleshooting

When troubleshooting a sad-looking houseplant, start by checking for signs of distress in its leaves, such as yellowing, browning, or drooping, which can indicate overwatering or nutrient deficiencies.

Inspect the soil moisture; too dry or too wet soil can cause problems.

Ensure the plant is getting the right amount of light, as too much or too little can stress it.

Finally, consider environmental factors like temperature and humidity, and adjust care routines accordingly to revive your plant.

Care Summary for Balfour's Touch-Me-Not

Balfour's Touch-Me-Not

Balfour's Touch-Me-Not

Greg recommends:


0.5 cups every 9 days


< 1ft from a window


Repot after 2x growth

Based on the 4” pot your plant is in, and that it doesn’t get direct sunlight.

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