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How to Grow Impatiens: 8 Steps

May 13, 2013 – 07:25 am

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  1. Purchase impatiens plants from your local gardening center. In springtime, most gardening centers and nurseries carry flats of of impatiens seedlings in a variety of colors, making it easy to pick up a few trays of your favorites. Buy impatiens in one color or mix and match so you can create a colorful pattern in your garden.
    • There are three common varieties of impatiens that each come in slightly different colors and have different petal sizes. The Tom Thumb varieties have large, bold-colored flowers; the Super Elfin varieties have pastel colored-flowers; and the Swirl varieties have orange and red colors with swirled patterns on the petals.
    • It's quite easy to plant impatiens seedlings, but you can also choose to start them from seed if you'd like. You'll need to sow the seeds in seed starting mix in January to get them ready for spring planting. Press the seeds lightly into the mix and keep the the seed trays moist and around 70 degrees Fahrenheit.

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  2. Keep seedlings moist before planting. Impatiens wither quickly when they don't get enough water. Whether you purchase seedlings or start your impatiens from seed, you'll need to make sure they stay moist until you're ready to set them out in pots or plant them in the ground.
  3. Find a good place to plant the impatiens. Impatiens do equally well in pots, planters and garden beds. They like shady spots, so choose an area that has partial shade throughout the day. Make sure the soil is moist but well-drained, since impatiens can get mildew if they spend time in standing water.
    • To determine whether an area drains well, take a look at the spot after a heavy rain. If you see standing water and puddles, you'll need to add peat or another mix into the soil to help it drain better. If the water gets absorbed, it should be a fine spot for planting.
  4. Plan to plant your impatiens when the soil warms up. Impatiens should not be set into the ground or planted in pots until after the last frost, when the soil has become warm and there's no chance the flowers will freeze. Planting them too early will result in wilting, and they may die before the warm season gets underway.
  5. Prepare the soil for planting. Impatiens like soil that is rich and moist. You can prepare the soil by tilling it to a depth of 12 inches, then mixing in some compost or a light application of fertilizer. If you're planting impatiens in pots, buy nutrient-rich potting soil.

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- terra cotta
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seems to get constant sun
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Plants for Santa Monica shade

I'll throw in a variety: these plants have different watering needs, though.
Shrubs:
Flowering maples (abutilon): there are hybrids good for your zone.
Camellias
Hydrangea aspera, Hydrangea serrata, or Hydrangea macrophylla
Fatsia japonica (Japanese Aralia)
Fuschias - Some varieties will do well in partial shade;
Heavenly bamboo: can overtake garden if not careful
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