Impatiens

mary_maxJanuary 16, 2013

With the problems I have been reading about impatiens last season I am asking myself if I should even bother to sow the seeds that I bought at the end of the summer. Was this just a one time problem or will impatiens be a problem this year too? I have never used this flower but found a ton of seeds on sale last fall and thought it might be fun to try with my winter sowing? Thanks

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kqcrna(z6 SW Oh)

I've read that the fungus can remain in soil for years, which leads me to think that the disease might be around for a while. If your neighbor has it, the organism can blow into your yard...

But remember, not everybody gets it. I grew impatiens last year, in fact I have at least a few every year, without infection yet. Many of my neighbors grow them.

But, I always sow them inside under lights, not wintersown, or I buy a few 6 packs at a local nursery. They usually don't do that well for me because I don't water the thirsty little things often enough in our hot, hot summers.

Karen

    Bookmark   January 18, 2013 at 8:26AM
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ccoupkir(z5 Il)

In my experience, Zone 5 stays cold too long to really WS impatiens, other than the more native types. The seed really isn't winter hardy and by the time you can WS outside (May) it takes all summer for them to bloom. Just my humble opinion!

    Bookmark   January 19, 2013 at 9:11AM
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