Impatiens capensis ‘Peridot’ (Jewelweed) [12 Seeds]


Germination Information: I have to be honest: If you can get your hands on a couple of young seedlings from someone already growing this plant, that’s by far the easiest way to go. Though it will readily self-sow, spotted touch-me-not can be challenging to start from seed, and I recommend these seeds for experienced seed-starters only.

The simplest approach is to sow them outdoors as soon as you get them—ideally early fall to mid winter—and look for seedlings the next spring, or possibly the spring after that. (The winter-sowing technique has worked well for me.) Or, you could try to speed up the process with an artificial cold-warm-cold cycle: Surface-sow in a pot of moist potting soil and put it in a plastic bag, refrigerate it for 2 to 3 months, and then move it to a warm spot out of direct sun for 2 to 3 months; if there’s no sign of germination, refrigerate it for another 2 to 3 months, and then move it back to warmth and light.

Once you can get even one golden-leaved plant to flower, you will likely have plenty of seedlings the next spring and won’t have to sow again!

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Jewelweed (Impatiens capensis), also known as spotted touch-me-not, is a pretty plant in its own right, with light green to bluish green foliage and red-spotted orange flowers. A few years ago, I received a wonderful gift from a fellow Pennsylvania gardener: seeds that produce bright yellow to greenish yellow foliage, from a sport that appeared on a species plant in his garden. When I asked my source if he had a name for the strain, he replied “I called it ‘Peridot’, after the yellow-green gem. It is a jewel weed, after all.” Works for me! ‘Peridot’ plants tend to max out at 2 to 3 feet here—shorter than the species usually gets. At this point, I figure about half of the seedlings come true, so expect green seedlings as well as yellow ones. A site with partial shade and soil that’s on the moist side is ideal. More sun brings out more yellow in the foliage, but a steady supply of moisture is critical there. Annual.

Collected in early to mid September 2023. At least 12 seeds. PA ecotype. Shipping to US addresses only.

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