Balsam is a relatively rare houseplant 🌿 that is easy to grow and needs regular watering to thrive. They do best in long-lasting, direct light ☀️ and should be less than 1 foot from a window.
Balsam likes soil that is well draining. You may want to supplement with a gentle, organic fertilizer throughout the peak growing season.
Balsam belongs to the impatiens genus, and is native to Western and South India and Sri Lanka.
⚠️ Balsam is not safe to consume. If you, a family member, or a pet has ingested any amount of plant material contact Poison Control, US (800) 222-1222, or your veterinarian. If you have children, cats, or dogs in the home, we suggest keeping this plant out of reach.
Also known as
Garden balsam, Rose balsam, Touch-me-not and Spotted snapweed
How to care for Balsam
Balsam 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.
Balsam love being close to bright, sunny windows 😎.
Place it less than 1ft from a south-facing window to maximize the potential for growth.
Balsam does not tolerate low-light 🚫.
Select your region to see how the current weather in your area affects the placement of Balsam in your home 🏡.
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 Balsam after it doubles in size or once a year—whichever comes first.