Busy Lizzie mix - 20 seeds
Busy Lizzie mix - 20 seeds
Impatiens walleriana, commonly called impatiens, is a year-round outdoor blooming perennial in the warm climates of U.S. Department of Agriculture plant hardiness zones 10 through 11. These plants cannot tolerate freezing temperatures, so if you live in USDA zone 9b or lower, grow them as annuals or as living indoor decor. Undemanding and easy enough for even beginners to grow, impatiens come in an amazing array of sizes and flower colors and forms, one of which is sure to appeal to you. These agreeable plants excel as indoor container specimens as well as mounded plantings as well as in borders, raised beds, window boxes and containers outdoors.
Hang indoor impatiens in the brightest room in your home. A warm spot near a window is an excellent spot. Do not expose this plant to direct sun and keep it out of drafts.
Water the impatiens enough to keep the soil surface evenly moist but not wet or soggy. Do not allow the soil to dry out during the growing season. Indoor container plants may need water daily due to the low level of humidity in most homes and offices. Do not allow impatiens to stand in water. Reduce watering during the winter. Water when the soil surface feels dry to your touch. The plant will wilt if it is kept too dry for too long.
Fertilize these heavy feeders once weekly with a water-soluble product for blooming plants throughout spring, summer and fall. Do not fertilize in winter.
Pinch the tips out while your impatiens are actively growing. This encourages bushiness and an attractive compact appearance. Pinching will prevent impatiens from becoming leggy and serves to maintain a desirable size. The plant does not need to be deadheaded because it is self-cleaning. impatiens do not need to be pruned.
Keep impatiens out of direct sun. While some varieties survive in partial sun, they often suffer sunburn and always require more frequent waterings. These beauties prefer light to medium shade in a well-draining area.
Water impatiens thoroughly to evenly moisten the soil surface but not enough to make it soggy or wet. Do not allow the planting site to dry out completely. Water in the morning, if at all possible, to avoid leaving the foliage wet overnight. If you must water later in the day, try to keep from splashing water on the plant. impatiens are prone to rot and fungal infections in overly damp conditions. The plants wilt when they become too thirsty.
Feed your impatiens a balanced 10-10-10 granular fertilizer at planting time. Spread the material on the soil above the plant’s root zone. Water it in thoroughly. Repeat the application once in early summer. Feed outdoor container impatiens with a water-soluble fertilizer once weekly throughout the growing season.
Pinch off all the plant’s blooms one week after planting to encourage branching. Pinch new stem tips throughout the growing season to promote a bushy, compact habit and discourage legginess. These tidy plants are self-cleaning, so they do not require deadheading. Your Impatiens plant does not require pruning to keep its appearance attractive.