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Busy Lizzie

English Name

Impatiens Walleriana

Scientific Name

Description

Impatiens is a bushier plant with flowers produced almost throughout the year. The seeds of this plant explode from the capsules as soon as they are ripe.

Mozambique

Origin

Balsaminaceae

Family

55°F - 72°F

Temperature (°F)

59°F - 72°F

Germination Temperature (°F)

21 days - 30 days

Germination Period

7" - 1'

Height (feet/inches)

7" - 10"

Spacing (feet/inches)

Half-hardy Perennials

Life Cycle

Flower

Type

Colors

Watering

Water Impatiens 3 times a week in Summer and every 10 days in Winter. Give less if temperature drops below minimum.

Feeding

Feed once a week in Summer with house plant food using half the recommended dose.

Repotting

Impatiens flower better when they are pot bound. Do not put in a large pot.

Germination

Sow seeds on the surface of seed and cutting compost during early to mid Spring in gentle heat. Keep seed tray in light. Not all seeds will germinate at once.

Propagation

Impatiens root easily in water at any time of year. Prepare shallow jar filled with 2/3 of water, put 3 or 4 pieces of charcoal at the bottom. Cover with foil held by rubber band and pierce some holes. Insert 3 inches long cuttings through foil. Sow seeds in Spring.

Cultivation

Place Impatiens in bright light on a windowsill which faces North, East or West so that it has good light but direct sunshine for only 1 part of the day.

Tips

When new roots form from cuttings, re-pot in a small pot and cover with a plastic bag for 3 to 4 days to give extra humidity.

Care

During Summer Impatiens should never be kept too hot or it may dehydrate. It will also curl up if it is put in sunshine on a windowsill which faces South.

Decorate

Impatiens look superb in single colours and when mixed. They are ideal in window-boxes, hanging baskets, and tubs.

Humidity

Stand the pot on a saucer of wet pebbles when temperature is over maximum in Summer. Do not spray on the plant as may cause fungus disease and marks on flowers.

Soil

Rich well drained soil.



Did you know?

All parts of the oleander (Nerium oleander), a beautiful Mediterranean-native flowering shrub, are poisonous. Ingesting oleander leaves can cause gastrointestinal, cardiac, and central nervous system problems and possible death.