Growing Impatiens Flowers
Beautify Your Home Garden with Clusters of Tiny, Lovely Flowers
Impatiens are one of the most popular flowers you can see in every flower shop. It is an annual plant which naturally blooms at its best during summer and eventually dies in the first frost.
The most common type of impatiens is the ‘Impatiens Walleriana’. Other names for impatiens include jewelweeds, balsams and ‘touch me not’. You may also hear some people calling it “Busy Lizzy”. These flowers of many names are native in North America.
Impatiens don’t usually exceed a foot in size, and the best thing about these flowers is that they come in different colors which can definitely befriend even the most sophisticated eyes.
Included in its colors are yellow, white, violet, purple, pink and red. Another interesting thing about impatiens is that this flower is mostly used as bedding plants in North America.
Aside from that, this colorful flower is also used in container gardens, particularly for window boxes. Read on for our full guide on growing impatiens flowers.
Impatiens shouldn’t give you a hard time when it comes to propagation as you know this plant is quite popular. This only means that propagation of Impatiens is just a piece of cake. Moving on, there are two ways to propagate Impatiens. The first one is through seeding. Though few people choose this way to propagate Impatiens, it doesn’t mean that it is harder. All you need is the right combination or blend of soil mixture. Also, you have to keep in mind that you this plant require a light for it to germinate. Make sure that the soil is not compacted as compacted soil will kill your Impatiens.
Another and more popular way of propagation of Impatiens is cutting. There is no difference with cutting Impatiens and other flowering plants. Just always remember to water them the night before you start cutting.
Growing Impatiens is not as complicated as growing other types of flowers you know. Here are the things you need to keep in mind in growing Impatiens:
- First and foremost, remember to plant Impatiens in a rich and loose type of soil. Other types of soil can immediately kill your Impatiens or will hinder its germination.
- The best place to grow your impatiens is in containers or hanging baskets.
- In growing impatiens, it is important that you maintain the correct spacing between them. Make sure that you allot 12-18” in between your Impatiens.
- It is also important that you water them regularly. This can help your Impatiens blossom to its full beauty in the right time. Likewise, it is important that you put a fertilizer at lease every month to your Impatiens.
The most important thing you need to know about Impatiens is that this plant is very vulnerable to frost. Hence, you should keep this plant indoor during this season. Caring for your Impatiens would definitely require you to spend a little time making sure that they are given the right amount of water and sun they needed to keep living. Busy Lizzy is a very versatile flower that can definitely keep your garden look elegant and scenic. Hence, caring for them should not be taken for granted.
Impatiens Pests & Diseases
When it comes to pests, you can trust that there is always a way to avoid them. Though Impatiens is definitely an eye-catcher for pests like aphids, spider mites and thrips, you can still save them by using insecticides to kill those little culprits.
Overtime, Impatiens may acquire may have some hole and damage on their leaves due to these pests. Aside from spraying insecticides, you should also spend more time cutting those damaged leaves right away.