Ask a Question forum: Help! Balsam Leaves Withering and Flowers Dropping (Impatiens balsamina)

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Trinidad & Tobago
Oct 1, 2017 4:24 PM CST
Hi all,

I live in the Caribbean region; bought a beautiful Balsam plant a week ago.

The plant has deterioted since bringing it home.
1 day after buying, the edge of the leaves began to yellow and curl.
One leaf blackened very quickly and some of the flower buds fell off.

1 week after buying, all the flowers and buds have dropped and the leaves are blackening and falling off :/.

Any advice on what the problem is and what to do?

Pictures from a day after buying:
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Pictures from today, a week later:
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Name: Daisy I
Reno, Nv (Zone 6b)
Not all who wander are lost
Garden Sages Plant Identifier
Oct 1, 2017 6:14 PM CST
You are either overwatering or underwatering - they look much the same. The soil should be kept DAMP not wet. And it should be planted in fast draining loamy soil. I suspect you are over watering. Get rid of the saucer (or at least don't allow water to sit in it) and don't water again until the soil feels just damp.

Also, Impatiens balsamina is an annual - that means it blooms, sets seed and dies, all in one season. If your plant is truly Impatiens balsamina, it is about to die. There are perennial Impatiens. Maybe we can figure out which yours is...

Impatiens balsamina is an annual that grows 8 - 12 inches tall
Impatiens walleriana is a perennial that grows to about 24 inches
Impatiens hawkeri is a perennial that grows to about 4 ft.

All have varieties with double red flowers. If you truly believe you have Impatiens balsamina, its time to start more plants:


Good Luck!

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