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If you are looking for shade lovers, Impatiens is the plant for you. They do well in the shady parts of your yard, make excellent indoor houseplants, and  are very showy in hanging baskets. Impatiens plants have glossy, attractive leaves which you will enjoy when the plants are not in bloom.

Growing Impatiens indoors is very popular. As houseplants, Impatiens are fun to grow. Whether you are growing Impatiens indoors or out, they are easy to grow. Plants are compact. and will brighten up your home in winter. You can take your pick of a wide variety of colors, and some bi-colored varieties.

Did you know? Impatiens are also called "Touch-Me-Not's and Snapweed". Why? Because water builds up in the seed walls, and can burst when touched, spraying seeds all over.

Plant Height: 6" - 10"

Plant Propagation:

Impatiens are grown from seed, requiring both light and heat to germinate. Sow Impatiens seeds into trays or peat pots, covering with 1/8" of seed starter soil. Use a germination mat or  place them on top of a warm appliance. They are best started indoors since plants have a long development period.

Cuttings can easily be made from established plants. Once your plant is established, you can make cuttings for basket and containers for all of your friends!

Days to Germination: 10 - 20

How to Grow Impatiens Plants:

Impatiens plants grow well in partial to full shade. They prefer rich, moist (not wet) soil that drains well. Water them regularly. Add a general purpose fertilizer once a month. In containers, pots and baskets, water every 3-4 weeks with a liquid fertilizer in place of dry fertilizers.

Impatiens grow 16-18" tall. In the garden, space plants 12-18 inches apart.

Impatiens are susceptible to frost. Bring them indoors before Jack Frost visits your garden.

Flowers Bloom: Early Summer to Fall.

Insect and Disease:

Impatiens experience some problems with aphids and mites. Use insecticidal soaps and repellents. If disease problems occur, treat early with fungicide.

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