Plant Care Balsam

Balsam

About Balsam

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.

Taxonomy

Impatiens balsamina
Impatiens
Balsaminaceae
Ericales

Also known as

Garden balsam, Rose balsam, Touch-me-not and Spotted snapweed

How to care for Balsam

Water

How often to water your Balsam

Water needs for Balsam
0.5 cups
every 9

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.

Calculate water needs of Balsam

Water 0.5 cups every
9

Does your plant get direct sunlight?

Select the pot size

5"
Light

Check the growing potential in your area

A plant's growing potential is determined from its location, the time of year, and current local weather.

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Finding light for Balsam in your home

Light needs and placement for plant Balsam: 1ft from a window
1ft or less from
a window

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 🏡.

Nutrients

How to fertilize Balsam

Nutrient, fertilizer, and repotting needs for Balsam: 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 Balsam after it doubles in size or once a year—whichever comes first.

FAQs
Difficulty Level

Balsam is generally considered an easy-to-care-for plant and makes a great choice for beginners!


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Care Summary for Balsam

Balsam

Balsam


Greg recommends:

Water

0.5 cups every 9 days

Placement

< 1ft from a window

Nutrients

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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