One of the most wonderful things about this plant is that you can find many different colors of flowers like red, white, blue, pink, and purple. Ranging from about 6 inches to 2 feet tall, the plants are truly a sight for sore eyes. They can be planted in shaded areas as they require filtered or partial lighting.
Since the flowers bloom from spring to fall, the seeds should be planted way before spring arrives. Whether you have planted these beautiful plants in the flower garden, or are planning on starting with a container for the balcony, here is some invaluable information for you.
But just in case, even after planting the plants in a shaded area, there happens to be a time in the day when the sunlight does reach that location, even though after being wilted in the sunlight, once the sun is gone, they will return to their perky appearance.
But here, you need to keep a check on when it rains or not. If it doesn't rain for a week or maybe even two, then you might have to water the plants to keep it from wilting.
Also, the amount of mulch added to the soil plays an important role into how often you need to water them. For proper planted or potted impatiens, you need to water them every day whenever it's sunny.
Their preference on soil is mostly neutral to alkaline soil. So make sure the pH level of the soil is between 6.0―6.5. Now, a good way to know if the plants require water is by looking at their leaves or even the stem.
They quickly begin to wilt when proper watering is not done. So whenever you spot this change, immediately water the plants as they will recover very swiftly. Now, if you are worried about over watering, you can acquire the drip irrigation system that will help keep the moisture level in control.
What you can do is punch 3―4 inches of the stems' tips using your fingers. Or for better results, you can clip the stems to hold the blooming process on a temporary basis. Also, when you prune the stems, the shape of the plant in general will be more appealing and the new flowers will grow more quickly.
As we mentioned earlier, the addition of organic materials will be more than enough. Now if you have poor soil, for any reasons, you can add a spoon of slow release granular fertilizer to the soil.
But do make sure to take it easy with the fertilizer as impatiens are very delicate. As for mulching requirements, add a layer to the soil as it will prevent any moisture loss. Overtime, this mulch will decompose and will in turn provide the necessary organic materials needed for the soil to flourish.
Apart from these necessary instructions, you also need to watch out for pests, insects, and diseases attacking the plants. There are some insects such as spider mites, mealy bugs, and aphids that will latch on to the plants.
In such cases, you need to make sure that the mulch used in the soil is clean and dry at all times. And if you follow the guidelines mentioned here, you won't find any issues with either the plants getting wilted, or being infected by any diseases.