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Growing Impatiens

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These New Guinea natives are typically grown as annuals in temperate zones. This is a guide about growing impatiens.
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Botanical Name:

Impatiens

Life Cycle:

generally annuals, a few perennial varieties do exist

Planting Time:

spring

Height:

6" to 2'

Exposure:

partial to full shade

Soil:

rich, moist, well-drained soil

Hardiness:

n/a

Bloom Time:

early summer to frost

Flower:

variety of colors in single or double blooms

Foliage:

green

Propagation:

seeds and cuttings

Suggested Use:

shade beds, borders, and baskets

Growing Hints:

Most often bought as transplants, but seeds can be started indoors 8 to 10 weeks before last frost date. Seeds need light to germinate so press them into seed starting mix but do not cover them. Cuttings can also be rooted in soil or water, over-wintered in a warm bright location and transplanted in the spring.
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Interesting Facts:

Impatiens can get tall and spindly in summer heat, especially in warmer zones. To avoid this, choose compact varieties like the Super Elfin Series or Impulse Series Impatiens.
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July 4, 20180 found this helpful

This page contains an idea for making a flower bed from 4 gallon milk crates, roofing shingles, and a couple of lengths of house siding. A nice looking bed for your plants at almost no cost. This is a guide about how to create an impatiens bed from scrap materials.

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May 16, 20160 found this helpful

This is a guide about rooting impatiens cuttings. One way to save money on garden plants is to divide up your plant purchase by preparing cutting from the main plant.

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September 18, 2012

After a dry summer, my New Guinea Impatiens were looking rather sad. They turned into a display of beauty following a welcome rainfall.

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orange impatiens

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