Surface sow; needs light to germinate.
Seed To Bloom:
Sow indoors in sterile germinating mix 6-8 weeks before last frost and cover with vermiculite to increase humidity. Keep at 65-75°F.
Direct sow after last frost.
PLACEMENT & CULTIVATION
This heirloom slipped into obscurity until we championed it, for "Camellia Flowered" varieties were prized in the Victorian era, and long lost since. This spotted balsam looks best in groups in the cottage garden or at the woodland's edge in part shade. Pinch once, if desired, when 4" tall for bushiness. They transplant with ease at any stage and grow well and bloom in shaded spots.
About 1" a week, keep moist but do not saturate soil.
Mix in an inch or two of compost prior to planting. Avoid nitrogen fertilizers that favor leaves over flower production.
Diseases & Pests:
Avoid powdery mildew by spacing properly and placing in a location that has good airflow.
When to Cut for Bouquets:
3/4 florets open