Plant and Care of Impatiens flower

August 8, 2013 – 11:43 am

Impatiens, also known as balsam or patience, offers abundant flowering that lasts all summer. It is grown in the garden as well as an annual plant, but inside, it is a perennial plant.

From spring to fall, Impatiens covers your garden with generous delicate flowers. There are various colors, sometimes bicolored: white, pink more or less steady, red, orange, purple... Impatiens is adapted to summer temperatures above 50°F (10°C).

Family: Balsaminaceae
Origin: Tropical Africa, Guinea
Flowering Period: May to October
Flower color: white, pink, purple, red
Exposure: part shade, shade
Type of soil: fresh, rich in humus
Soil acidity: Neutral
Soil Moisture: normal wet but beware of excess
Use: pot, planter, border
Height: 12-20 inches (about 30-50 cm)
Type of plant: flower
Type of vegetation grown outside as an annual, perennial inside the light
Type Foliage: Deciduous
Hardiness: 50°F (10°C) minimum
Planting, potting: spring
Propagation method: planting in March-April, cuttings in the spring holding the stem in water, it will produce roots.
Diseases and pests: gray rot, spider mites, aphids, whiteflies
Interesting species, varieties: The genus includes over 700 species.
Impatiens Walleriana

Impatiens WallerianaImpatiens walleriana, commonly referred to as impatiens, sultana, touch-me-not, or busy lizzie, is the best known of all impatiens species. This type of impatiens matures to a height of 8 to 24 inches, depending upon the cultivar. This plant produces showy flowers 1 to 2 inches in diameter that feature either single, semidouble, or double blooms.

New Guinea Impatiens

New Guinea impatiens (Impatiens hawkeri) are not as commonly grown but can be much shower than walleriana varieties, because of their large, vivid blooms. New Guinea impatiens prefer sites where they receive full sunlight or morning sunlight and afternoon shade. Water this plant regularly to maintain moist soils and position them with an eastern exposure.

Balsam Impatiens

Balsam impatiens (Impatiens balsamina) grow well throughout the United States to a height of 1 to 2 1/2 feet with a spread of 1/2 foot to 1 1/2 feet. This dense plant produces showy blooms that are white, pink, salmon, purple or lavender in color. The leaves of this variety of impatiens measure 2 to 4 inches long and are green in color. Balsam impatiens have a fast growth rate and feature simple, serrated leaves.

Soil for Impatiens

If you want to have an annual flowering with your impatiens plants, consider growing them in a well-drained, humus-rich soil in a shady spot.

When to plant Impatiens seeds

Planting impatiens from seeds will be in February, if you want to have beautiful blooms in summer.

How to grow Impatiens from cuttings

Growing impatiens from cuttings is very simple, It's child's play: take 3 inches stems (7 cm) and place them in a glass of water. Once the roots appear, replant the cuttings in a pot of soil.

Care of Impatiens flower

Impatiens is not drought-tolerant, remember to maintain soil moisture with regular watering.

If you want Impatiens to have abundant flowers, bring them liquid fertilizer for flowering plants, from spring to autumn.


The number one enemy of Impatiens is the airstream. Please do not put Impatiens pots in a place exposed to the wind.

Let the soil surface dry out between watering times.

Remove faded flowers to cause the appearance of new buds and prolong flowering.
How to overwinter Impatiens flower?

Grown mostly as an annual flower in beds or pots for summer, in fact, Impatiens New Guinea is perennial plant. Impatiens can survive for many years as long as the protection from the cold.

Plants installed in flowerbeds in summer must be uprooted and repotted to spend the winter in the house, in a moderately heated greenhouse. At the time of plucking, try not to break too many roots maintaining soil all around. The Impatiens is placed in a container not too large, less wide than the tuft of leaves. This narrow pot allows the substrate to dry out between waterings and this reduces the risk of root rot.

Did you know ?

Impatiens fruits are capsules that contain many small seeds. When mature, the slightest shock causes them to burst, releasing seeds by jet propulsion. The name "Impatiens" originates from this sensitivity.

Soil for Impatiens


HOME-OUTDOOR 100 Mixed Colors DOUBLE CAMELLIA IMPATIENS (Balsam / Lady Slipper / Touch Me Not) Impatiens Balsamina Flower Seeds Garden, Lawn, Supply, Maintenance
Lawn & Patio (HOME-OUTDOOR)
  • BLOOM TIME: Late Spring - Early Fall
  • HARDINESS ZONE: Annual (but reseeds itself easily, so it acts like a perennial in all zones)
  • PLANT HEIGHT: 24 - 36 . . . PLANT SPACING: 6 - 9
  • LIGHT REQUIREMENTS: Sun - Part Shade . . . SOIL / WATER: Average
  • I think the best way to describe these lovely flowers would be BREATHTAKING! I find them to be even

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Overwintering Coleus

I lost track of this thread - I, too, cut back my coleus and fill vases and jars and whatever else I can find to stuff them into.
I have the perfect east room for them to brighten the dreary winter months.
Impatiens can also be cut and rooted in this manner - I just this afternoon finished trimming back all of the plants in my garden for just this purpose.
Keep them pinched back so they get nice and full.
When I was young, my mom and the neighbor lady were the 'plant ladies' of the small town we lived in - what one didn't have, the other one did.
Mom still has (after all these years) an Impatiens (that we knew as a Sultana at that time) that I brought her home from school - I had noticed that my teacher at that time had a salmon colored one that she agreed...

Most everything

We live at Southshore Alameda. Here's some of what we've put in since we moved here in 2002. Existing was a lawn in front yard and in back yard two non-fruiting plum trees, one lemon tree, and a camelia.
Back yard (mostly concrete slab with a two-foot dirt border around outside):
Red sage about 8' tall in corner.
Tree dahlia 10' tall almost obliterating neighbor's yard.
Three columnar apple trees.
Black dahlia in bloom now.
Senecia from cutting I took from our old Oakland house.
"Cabbage" Tree recently transplanted from container-we have 90% of our plants in containers in back yard due to concrete slab

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