Growing Impatiens Flowers: How to Grow Impatiens Organically

June 14, 2014 – 02:34 pm

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Sow your impatiens seeds in early spring. Fill a seed tray with your own sieved or a . Water lightly before sowing the seeds. Sprinkle seeds lightly on the compost then cover with another fine layer.

Place in a or on a windowsill. Once true leaves emerge, prick out into modules to allow each plant to grow its own root system. as the temperature warms up towards the end of spring.

Impatiens can also be . Take these in spring or summer to overwinter. Cut off shoots about 4 inches (10 cm) long. Remove all the leaves apart from those at the tip. Push the shoot into compost so that just the leaves are left resting on the top. Keep them moist while the roots develop.

Snapshot: Impatiens Planting

  • Germination soil temperature: 61-64 degrees F (16-18 C)
  • Distance between plants: about 10 inches (25 cm)
  • Planting depth: 6 inches (15 cm)
  • Days to germination: 14 to 21 days
  • Preferred soil pH (see for more information): 6 to 7
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apply. Feed impatiens weekly with an and in early summer to improve the soil throughout the season.

Pinching out the tips when the plant is beginning to grow helps to increase the number of blooms. throughout the season for a long show of color.

It is possible to bring impatiens plants indoors to overwinter if they are planted in pots. Before overwintering, pinch stems out to a third of their original height.

Where to Find Harvesting Supplies...

For cut flowers, choose stems from impatiens that will still leave you with a good overall plant shape. Cut with and remove lower leaves before putting in water.

Growing Impatiens Flowers: Pests & Diseases

Watch out for molds if conditions are damp or plants get overcrowded. Pinch out any leaves that look affected. And don’t worry… these should soon be replaced with fresh growth.

The following pests and diseases have been known to affect the success of growing Impatiens (see for information about how to prevent and address pests and diseases)...


  • Aphids
  • Broad mite
  • Cyclamen mite
  • Leafminers
  • Root knot nematode
  • Spider mites
  • Thrips
  • Weevils
  • Whiteflies


  • Bacterial leaf spot and soft rot
  • Fasciation
  • Gray mold
  • Root, crown and stem rot
  • Verticillium wilt
  • Viruses

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