Harvested from the gardens at Monticello.
Thomas Jefferson planted this annual vine along the winding walk flower border at Monticello in the spring of 1810. Balsam Apple is a curious vine that was introduced to Europe in 1568 from the tropical regions of Asia and Africa, where it was used medicinally to treat wounds. An unusual addition to the summer garden, Balsam Apple bears glossy, delicate foliage, small yellow flowers, and bright orange-red fruits that burst open to reveal seeds covered with a brilliant scarlet, sticky coating. Jefferson-documented: This plant was documented by Thomas Jefferson in his Garden Book, Notes on the State of Virginia, or other writings.
Direct sow Balsam Apple seeds outdoors after the last spring frost in a prepared seedbed. Soak seeds for 24 hours before planting and sprout in warm, moist paper towels to improve germination. This vine requires support and prefers warm soils. Approximately 8-10 balsam apple seeds per packet.
|Exposure||Planting Method||Planting Depth||Plant Spacing||Size at Maturity||Zone|
|Full Sun||Direct Sow||1/2"||12" apart||10-12'H||Tender Annual|