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

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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 in fall or winter and look for seedlings the first or possibly the second spring. (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.

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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 couple 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 August and September 2022. At least 12 seeds. PA ecotype.

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