In Europe, or the more northern parts of it, the balsams are often seen grown in pots. With us they do so well out of doors that they are not thought of enough importance to cultivate except for the borders and large beds. Twenty years ago, when more flowers were used with short stems, the white balsam was largely grown by all of us for use in designs. They were then carefully kept free of side shoots and bore on their main stem fine double flowers. They are seldom grown now for that purpose, but are still favorites with many on account of their freedom in flowering, strong growth and gay appearance in the mixed border. In large grounds where to fill up is the chief object the balsam is most suitable.
For cultivation of young plants see Aster, but remember that the balsam is a very tender plant and instead of the coldframe should have a light, warm house or the hotbed. They are very strong growing and should have a deep, rich soil, plenty of water, and they deserve a space of at least eighteen inches each way. The seed is most easily saved and if you select your flowers and save from the finest you will in a few years have as good a strain as can be procured anywhere.