Information About Balsam
Himalayan Balsam Control: Tips On Managing Himalayan Balsam Plants
By Liz Baessler
Himalayan balsam is a very attractive but problematic plant, especially in the British Isles. While it comes from Asia, it has spread into other habitats, where it pushes out native plants and can wreak serious havoc on the environment. Learn how to control these plants here.
Balsam Plant Information: Tips For Growing Balsam Plants
By Bonnie L. Grant, Certified Urban Agriculturist
Balsam requires some time to produce flowers, so an early start is essential. Learn how to grow balsam in this article and enjoy these lovely colorful flowers throughout the season. Learn more here.
In addition to insect pests, the balsam fir will appeal to deer. Hungry browsing white-tailed deer can easily damage the younger specimens if you live where deer populations are a problem. Bugs such as the spruce budworm, which ironically prefers firs to spruce trees, are a major threat. The spruce budworm can defoliate the balsam fir and cause it to wither and eventually die.
- Plant a balsam fir where it will have some protection from the wind if you choose one as an ornamental.
- Hungry browsing white-tailed deer can easily damage the younger specimens if you live where deer populations are a problem.