Gardening Questions And Answers
Plant impatiens outside after the last spring frost. Impatiens plants struggle in cold temperatures, so plant them only when the last spring frost has passed. If you want to get a head start, you can start your seeds indoors nine weeks before the last frost and then transplant the seedlings outside.
These plants are extremely sensitive to improper watering. They wilt quickly but usually revive if watered soon after wilting. Fertilize: New Guinea impatiens will benefit from an application of slow-release fertilizer when planted or a light feeding every two weeks with a balanced water soluble fertilizer.
The plants need watering when the top 1 inch of soil begins to dry but before the root zone dries out completely. Supplying about 1 inch of water once a week is usually enough, but the plants may require more frequent watering if the soil dries out more quickly. Impatiens in containers need more frequent […]
A: Impatiens do indeed come back from their own seed each year. You’ll realize with experience that the seedlings don’t begin blooming until late May, which is why most folks plant blooming, nursery-grown impatiens plants in April. To get yearly re-seeding, leave the bed alone after winter kills the plants.
Impatiens is an erect, spreading, succulent annual which grows to a height of six inches to two feet. Simple, smooth leaves are alternate, with serrate margins. They are green or reddish-green, ovate to elliptic in shape. Flowers are solitary and borne on racemes in many forms: doubled, semi-doubled, etc.
Of all the possible reasons impatiens are not blooming, one of the most common is improper sun exposure. Impatiens plants bloom best with some shade, a requirement that often leads to misunderstanding. On the other hand, too much sun will cut down on blooming, too. Avoid planting your impatiens in full sun.