are a popular garden flower often seen as edging or used for splashes of color
in window boxes.
They belong to the Balsamineaceae family and can be planted in most any part of
Impatiens are beautiful annuals that grow easily and are great for summer plantings every year.
Like most any other garden flower, impatiens need some basic care to grow.
Adequate sun, properly fertilized soil will insure lush healthy plants. Make
sure you take care to provide enough water as the soft and ample stems of the
impatien will wither rapidly if it becomes parched.
Impatiens are typically planted around trees or under shrubs as an edging and
this causes them to require more water and fertilizer to make up for that which
is used by the other, larger plant.
There are many varieties of impatiens and they can range from 8 inches to 2 feet
Impatiens can also have different types of flowers most of which grow 6 to 18
inches tall and 10 to 24 inches diagonally. They are classified as solo, partly
doubled, and completely doubled. Some impatiens flowers actually resemble that
of a rose while others are more flat in nature.
Impatiens come in a variety of colors including red, orange, pink, white,
violet, and rose. This flower also comes in a two-color combination where the
bud has a lighter color and the frame is a darker color.
Impatiens can grow in sun or shade depending on the variety you purchase. You
can plant impatiens in the north or eat part of the garden and the suns rays
will be able to reach the plant. When watering here, do not use large amounts as
you donít want the plants to sit in standing water.
Impatiens can also be planted in southerly or westerly facing gardens. When
planting here, adequate watering is really needed to maintain the plantís
You can also plant impatiens plant in containers or pots. While growing
impatiens in containers can be challenging, it can be done - just make sure to
water adequately and watch the plants carefully for signs of fungus.
Impatiens also look good growing under large trees. Although this is not the
best place for growing impatiens because the trees will deprive them from needed
sunlight. It might be best to put some soil at the foot at the stand of the tree
and plant the impatiens there.
While all flowers require sunlight to grow, make sure your impatiens do not get
too much sun. They will wither and dry up if left with a blazing sun bearing
down on them for 8 hours a day.
Perhaps the most important thing to remember is to make sure you water your
impatiens adequately. Donít leave them standing in water, but do not let them
dry out either. Container plants will need to be watered more than those planted
in the ground.
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