Impatiens (Busy Lizzy) ‘Camellia Flowered’ mix - SeedImpatiens balsamina ‘Camellia Flowered’
A wonderful mix of romantic flowers!
Starting in June, the impatiens reward you with their beautiful flowers. The flowers in this impatiens mix (Impatiens balsamina) produce a sea of rose-like flowers. These very ornate, dainty plants flower in lovely bright, cheerful colours and are very easy to care for but they do enjoy a shady spot. If you move them indoors in the autumn you can enjoy them through the winter as a houseplant. This impatiens (Impatiens balsamina) was formerly a common sight in old farmhouse gardens. This plant is also known as balsam.Show more
Planting and flowering details
Show moreBusy Lizzie (Impatiens balsamina) seeds require no prior treatment.
How to SowSow under glass: March and April.
From March, it’s easiest just to use either the cold frame or a windowsill propagator. Fill lots of pots with potting compost and place one seed on the top of each pot. Busy Lizzy (Impatiens balsamina) needs light to germinate so do not cover the seed with soil.
Press each seed carefully down and sprinkle your pots with water. Heat will do the rest. Prick out and plant your Busy Lizzies into small pots before planting them out from mid-May. Hold them back until better weather by standing them all in a cool, light spot.
The seeds should germinate within 10-14 days.
If aiming to plant in a hanging basket or window boxes etc. mid-May is the time to do so. Do ensure good drainage in your pots and layer the bottoms with potsherds or hydro-pellets. Fill with potting compost to 3/4 up and carefully replant your Busy Lizzies, spread around the pot at 15-20 cm from each other. Fill up with more fresh potting compost and press carefully down until the soil comes to 2 cm below the edge of the pot then water immediately.
Keep the newly potted up plants out of the sun for a few days and then on day 5 choose where you want to stand or hang them, even if it's in the sun.
Busy Lizzy looks wonderful in beds and borders too. Use fresh potting compost, here also give them enough space (15-20 cm apart). Water immediately.
Show moreWater young Busy Lizzies (Impatiens balsamina) only when the surrounding soil feels dry. On a sunny day, this can be as often as three times a week. Make sure they do not dry out.
Young plants are fast growers. As long as they're still growing or in flower, feed them with liquid fertiliser for flowering plants once or twice every two weeks. Once the main stem reaches 7-8 cm, you can nip the tops out of the plant to make it bushier.
These plants will flower from June through to October.
Regular deadheading will encourage new buds to form. Once totally done with flowering, cut hard back (take off 1/3 to 1/2 of the plant) and the plant should once again revive, grow and flower again.
Getting through the winterThese plants can certainly be kept over the winter. Bring them indoors still in their pots from October. Put the either in your living room or an unheated bedroom by the window. Just keep watering and feeding with fertiliser for flowering plants and they will continue to bloom!
Your Busy Lizzies (Impatiens balsamina) can go outdoors again when all signs of frost are passed. Pot them up into nice fresh potting compost and continue watering and feeding as before.
Show moreBusy Lizzie (Impatiens balsamina) is an annual that reaches a height of 25-70 cm. It brings fabulous colour to your borders! In tropical climes Busy Lizzy can grow into a semi-shrub. It originated in Southern Asia (India and Burma).
Busy Lizzy (Impatiens balsamina) is classified as Balsaminaceae. As well as being known as Impatiens the Busy Lizzy is also known as balsam.
There is a variety, Impatiens walleriana that is more well-known. It originated on Zanzibar (an island of the coast of Africa). Impatiens walleriana hybrids are known as bedding plants and are from diverse cross-pollinations they are popular around the whole world and used in parks etc.
There are nowadays plants that are known as New Guinea Impatiens that are sold on as Busy Lizzy but these actually belong to Impatiens hawkeri. They have a slightly larger leaf and a more exotic look about them. These too are available in many varieties and colours.
How to useBusy Lizzies are strong and provide a lot of colour in summer borders and flower beds. However, pots on your patio or decking filled with Busy Lizzies will look very welcoming and they also make great houseplants. A Busy Lizzy likes a lot of light and a permeable soil although it very much dislikes it if the soil gets too dry.