Impatiens flowers are bright and cheerful annuals that can light up any dark and shady part of your yard. Growing impatiens is quite easy, but there are a few things to know about impatiens care. Let’s take a look at how to plant and how to grow impatiens.
Planting and care
Impatiens are not drought tolerant, so they need to be watered regularly during dry spells to keep the soil consistently moist and prevent the plants from wilting. To help retain moisture, amend the soil with organic matter and apply a layer of mulch. If planted in pots, they may need to be watered daily during hot, dry weather.
Apply compost or a slow-release granular fertilizer at planting time. Container-grown plants may need more frequent feedings with a liquid fertilizer.
Although pruning is unnecessary, you can pinch plants back if they become tall and leggy to encourage bushier growth. Your plants will quickly respond with a new flush of blooms. Flowers are self-cleaning, sparing you the chore of deadheading.
Pest and diseases:
Few serious insect or pest problems bother impatiens, but your plants can still succumb to downy mildew if you are not growing a disease-resistant variety. See below for more information on downy mildew.