Personally, we all love gardening and envy the whole process involved in gardening. Anthophiles like us will know the beauty of flowers such as New Guinea Impatiens.
Before we learn about the fact of New Guinea Impatiens, let understand scientific information about this beautiful flower.
Introduction about the New Guinea Impatiens
New Guinea impatiens are lovely and are easy to handle plants. This type of plants are ideal for container gardening. New Guinea Impatiens is similar to the traditional impatiens. The next important question that hit in your mind while planting is that whether New Guinea impatiens need sun or shade? And the answer is that it should be kept in mind is that it grows best when not exposed to full light. It is recommended that it should be planted in a shaded area for a better growth. The grown in different shades of orange, pink, red, white, and purple.
New Guinea impatiens grow in tiny groups and keep their many flowers above their leaves. These fast growers would begin to bloom early in the season if planted only after the last threat of frost has passed. The oblong shaped leaves with beautiful glossy, dark green and burgundy colour are very eye catching throughout the year.
Have you ever thought that what is the best method of planting these beautiful flowers so that they can grow beautifully in your garden? In this article I will share all the tips and tricks that can help you in planting.
Planting the New Guinea Impatiens
The first important step is the method of buying the plant and it is recommended to buy well-rooted plant. They can grow well from seeds and cutting. It should be kept in good amount of water before planting. You can grow them as bedding plant, border plant and in container. They prefer wet yet well-draining soil and prefer deep shade. Full sun is not good for them.
If you want to keep them in sun they must try to adapt the full sun and this can be achieved only by gradually introducing the impatiens plants to growing amounts of sunlight over the course of a week. You should plant your impatiens in your garden until all danger of frost has gone. First you should gently squeeze the container that you get to loosen the soil. If you invert the pot in your hand, the impatiens plant can quickly fall out. If it doesn’t, squeeze the container again and look for roots emerging from the bottom. You can remove the excess roots. Place the impatiens plant in a hole that is equally deep and wide as the root ball. The plant should sit at the same level in the ground as it sit in the container. Slowly backfill the hole and spread water to the plant.
You can put the two flowers close to each other. The closer the plant will be kept, the faster they will grow to form a beautiful bank of flowers.
After planting with all care and process how long do New Guinea impatiens last? The flowers are long lasting, blooming in spring and staying bright until the first frost.
Care for the healthy growth of the flowers
The next after planting is the care of the plant. In this case it requires at least 2 inches of water a week if you have planted in the ground. In case of rising temperatures of above 85 F. or 29 C. it requires 4 inch of water every week. The next important point is to keep them healthy by using soluble fertilizers every two weeks in the season of spring and summer. At the beginning of the spring season you can use slow release fertilizers once more halfway through summer. They don’t need to be deadheaded as they clean themselves.
You must be thinking that after putting efforts Do New Guinea impatiens come back every year? And the answer is that usually the gardeners grow New Guinea impatiens as an annual plant and you can also expect that it will start growing early in the season if you will provide them recommended water and sun.
Beware of yellow leaves
It’s very unhappy if you see any yellow leaves. Impatiens are usually disease-free annuals that grow in backyard beds and grow with healthy, dark-green leaves. The vine, on the other hand, is extremely vulnerable to water tension. The trick to growing good impatiens is to keep the soil damp but never soggy. Overwatering and under watering can cause impatiens leaves to turn yellow.
Apart from improper watering, there is another reason which causes yellow leaves is pests and diseases.
Following are some of the reasons behind yellow leaves.
- Nematodes– An infestation of nematodes, small, slender worms that are present in the soil and stick to the roots of plants, is one cause of yellow leaves. Nematodes are more likely to blame for yellow impatiens leaves if plants recover slowly from midday wilt. Dig up the contaminated plants and dispose of them with the local dirt.
- Downy mildew– A fungal disease, specifically known as downy mildew, may also be the cause of your impatiens’ yellowing leaves. Keep an eye on brown stains on the roots before they start creating yellow leaves. Pesticides are not essential for impatiens since they are annuals. Simply dig up the contaminated plants and surrounding soil and dispose of it.
- Botrytis blight– In addition to yellow leaves, you even start seeing that impatiens have wilting flowers and rotting stems. It’s definitely botrytis blight. Cultural measures to mitigate this infection include increasing air space between plants and providing plenty of elbow room.
- Verticillium wilt – The last possible reason for yellow leaves are verticillium wilt. For both this and botrytis blight, you can use a fungicide.
After reading all the given points you can easily grow a healthy New Guinea Impatiens and can feel the happiness. Just remember that every beautiful thing requires a lot of care and effort, one small mistake can ruin your plan of planting this flower. So just keep in mind all the mentioned points before planting and follow all the care tips to grow a healthy and beautiful flower in your own garden.