August 13, 2014 – 12:07 am

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Impatiens are some of the great stalwarts of summer bedding. Reliable and disease resistant, they have secured their place as a garden favourite by flowering their socks off throughout the growing season. Of course they look their very best in mass plantings but as with all such grand schemes it can be expensive to implement. However if you have the space you can grow them quite easily from seed.Impatiens seeds maybe small but they are easy to handle and as such can be sown one at a time. Using a good quality compost such as John Innes 'Seed and Cutting' they can be sown into seed trays, 3 inch pots or more preferably individually into modular trays.

The compost needs to only be 1/2 inch from the top of the tray or pot and roughly speaking you are looking at 15 seeds per pot or 120 seeds in a standard seed tray.

Impatiens seed require light to germinate so once they have been sown onto the compost surface they just need to be gently watered in. However a fine covering of vermiculite will help to retain moisture and still allow light through to the seed.

Place the pots or tray in a heated propagator and keep at a temperature of between 20-25 degrees Celsius. If a heated propagator is not available then seal the pots or tray in a clear polythene bag and pace on a warm, bright windowsill but out of direct sunlight.

Keep the surface of the compost moist but not waterlogged, and you can expect germination to occur in 14-21 days. When the seedlings are large enough to handle they transplanted at a rate of one plant per 3 inch pot.

They will need to be acclimatise to outdoor conditions for a few weeks before planting out, and certainly not before all risk of frost has past.

They can be planted in their final position approximately 6 -12 inches apart depending on the species. Impatiens will prefer a moist, well-drained soil in full sun or part shade.

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If you can buy/make a planter that

holds more soil. Also make sure it is more soil/dirt and potters soil (it will hold moisture better).
Use fertilizer as directed.
Plant flowers according to how direct the sunlight hits the planter.
New Guinea Impatiens take the sun/heat better.
Wax Begonias are great for heat.
Lobelia is a great fringe flower.
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David's Garden Seeds Flower Impatiens Divine Mix Improved D1407.A (Multi Color) 25 Hybrid Seeds by David's Garden Seeds
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  • Days to Maturity: 70 to 80
  • Non-GMO, easy to grow and hand packed here in the United States by David s Garden Seeds
  • These uniform, well-branched New Guinea impatiens have green and bronze foliage
  • Container flower for shade
  • Germination rate: 87%

David's Garden Seeds Flower Impatiens Accent Mystic Mix D1292A (Multi Color) 50 Seeds by David's Garden Seeds
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  • Days to Bloom: 56 to 70
  • Non-GMO, easy to grow and hand packed here in the United States by David s Garden Seeds
  • A designer mix to brighten baskets and beds
  • Superior uniformity and a compact habit
  • Germination rate: 85%
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  • Impatiens walleriana
  • 0.01 Grams: Approx 15 Seeds
  • Germination Rate: 98% - Purity: 99% - Country of Origin: USA
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