The brightly colored impatiens flowers can brighten up any part of your yard that is dark or shady. Although it is easy to grow impatiens, there are some things you need to know about caring for them. Let’s look at what impatiens are and how to plant them. Impatiens Plants Impatiens plants can be purchased from a garden center as well-rooted plants. You can also easily propagate them from cuttings or seeds. You should water your annuals well after you take them home from the shop until they are ready to be planted in the ground. They are sensitive to water shortages and can wilt very quickly if they don’t get enough. Impatiens flowers can be used as border plants, bedding, and containers.
They thrive in moist, well-drained soil with partial to full shade. They don’t do well in full sunlight, so if you want to plant them in full sunshine, they need to be adjusted to the brighter light. This can be done by placing the impatiens plants in direct sunlight for a week. After the danger of frost has passed you can plant your impatiens in your garden. To plant your impatiens flowers you need to gently squeeze the container in which they were purchased. The impatiens plants should be easy to remove if you hold the pot upside down. If the pot doesn’t fall out, you can squeeze it again to check for roots growing through the bottom. You can remove excess roots from the bottom of your pot.
The impatiens plant should be placed in a hole at least twice as deep as the rootball. The impatiens plant should be placed in the same spot in the ground that it was in its pot. Place the pot in the ground and water it well. Plant impatiens flowers close together, between 2 and 4 inches (5-10cm). apart if you like. They will grow faster if they are planted close together. How to Grow Impatiens. Once your impatiens have been planted in the ground, they will require at least 2 inches (5cm) of water. If they are planted in the ground, they will need at least 2 inches (5 cm) of water per week. They will require at least 4 inches (10cm) of water if temperatures reach 85 degrees F. per week.
You will have to water them if the area in which they are planted doesn’t receive enough rainfall. Containerized impatiens plants will require watering every day, as well as watering twice daily if temperatures rise above 85°F (29 C). Impatiens flowers do best if fertilized regularly. Water-soluble fertilizer can be applied to your impatiens once a week throughout spring and summer. Slow release fertilizer can be used at the start of spring and again halfway through summer. You don’t need to deadhead impatiens. They will self-clean the spent blooms and bloom profusely throughout the season.