How much shade do impatiens need?


Miley Saunders   |   Member since 2013  |  10+ Answers Submitted  |  ✔ Verified

You can use impatiens flowers as bedding plants, border plants or in containers. They enjoy moist but well draining soil and partial to deep shade. They do not do as well in full sun, but if you would like to plant them in full sun, they will need to be acclimated to the harsher light.

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Cara Widdows   |   Member since 2019  |  10+ Answers Submitted  |  ✔ Verified

Correspondingly, how many hours of sunlight do impatiens need?

Impatiens like to stay in the shade. Although they can live in full shade, they might not bloom as well as in medium to light shade. Their favorite type of light is filtered -- not direct -- sunlight for four hours or less per day.

Likewise, can impatiens tolerate morning sun? All impatiens will grow in sun, although they will exhibit smaller leaves, few flowers and minimal heights. These flowers like six hours or less of sunlight per day, with those planted in areas of morning sun and afternoon shade producing the healthiest plants. They will also tolerate filtered sun and full shade.


Kate Shaw   |   Member since 2010  |  10+ Answers Submitted  |  ✔ Verified

Secondly, how far apart do you plant impatiens?

The closer impatiens plants are, the taller they will grow, so space accordingly (impatiens plants can grown anywhere between 6 and 30 inches tall). For flower beds, plant 8 to 12 inches apart so the plants will stay low to the ground.


Erica Blackwall   |   Member since 2015  |  10+ Answers Submitted  |  ✔ Verified

Do double impatiens need sun?

Double impatiens will do well in bright, filtered light or light shade. When finding the right place to put the plants, make sure you do not put double impatiens in direct afternoon direct sun or in complete shade. Hot, direct sun will wilt or dry out double impatiens and turn its leaves yellow.


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Ivy Garcia   |   Member since 2014  |  ✔ Verified

How do you keep impatiens blooming?

This can be done with a few simple steps.Keep Watered. Impatiens love water. Impatiens Love Shade. Impatiens do very well in shady areas. Enrich Soil with Humus. Keeping blooms all summer takes a lot of energy. Pinch Back Blooms. Reapply Fertilizer. Prune Off Top Third of Plant. Prepare for Next Planting Season.


Hope Knight   |   Member since 2009  |  ✔ Verified

Why are impatiens called Touch Me Nots?

Impatiens: from Latin, referring to the sudden bursting of the ripe seed pods when touched. Hence, one common name is “touch-me-not”. The American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology list this species as an allergy-safe pollen producing plant.


Marina Truscott   |   Member since 2015  |  ✔ Verified

How often should you water begonias?

The main rule of thumb for watering begonias is to not let the soil dry out completely. Stick your finger into the soil, and if it dry to your first knuckle, it's time to water. Avoid overwatering, which will cause the foliage to turn yellow and eventually drop.


Bethany Cunningham   |   Member since 2014  |  ✔ Verified

Where is the best place to plant impatiens?

Find a good place to plant the impatiens. Impatiens do equally well in pots, planters and garden beds. They like shady spots, so choose an area that has partial shade throughout the day. Make sure the soil is moist but well-drained, since impatiens can get mildew if they spend time in standing water.


Paige Button   |   Member since 2006  |  ✔ Verified

How early can I plant impatiens?

Plant impatiens outdoors after the danger of frost is past. It's usually safe to begin planting impatiens in late April in southern Iowa and mid-May in northern portions of the state.


Wendy Morris   |   Member since 2010  |  ✔ Verified

Do impatiens spread?

You can help impatiens plants spread by planting them about 12 inches from each another. If you plant impatiens in dense configurations, they will grow upward and produce no spreading appearance. Impatiens need some sunlight for blossom and seed development, but they perform best in filtered shade.


Cecilia Stone   |   Member since 2006  |  ✔ Verified

Do you deadhead impatiens?

Impatiens flowers do best if fertilized regularly. Use water soluble fertilizer on your impatiens every two weeks through spring and summer. Impatiens do not need to be deadheaded. They self-clean their spent blooms and will bloom profusely all season long.


Colleen Kaur   |   Member since 2005  |  ✔ Verified

Can impatiens be overwatered?

If slightly overwatered, they might display the symptoms you describe, especially the bud drop (although all impatiens will drop buds to some degree if disturbed). If the soil becomes too dry, Impatiens will wilt noticeably, but will recover fairly quickly with water.


Davina Truscott   |   Member since 2016  |  ✔ Verified

What colors do Impatiens come in?

Impatiens flowers come in a variety of colors, including white, red, pink, violet, coral, purple, and (a relative newcomer) yellow.


Luke Tanner   |   Member since 2009  |  ✔ Verified

How do you plant impatiens around a tree?

If you plant them in the soil, place the plants approximately 8 to 12 inches apart to allow for growth as they mature. Plant brightly colored, shade-loving impatiens in a circle around a tree trunk and place sun-loving begonias further out along the tree line.


Ronald Rust   |   Member since 2006  |  ✔ Verified

Can you water impatiens too much?

As a general rule, impatiens planted in flower beds benefit from watering once every week. Water deeply enough to saturate the roots. During periods of hot, dry weather, impatiens may need water more frequently. If the top of the soil feels dry or if the plant begins to wilt, water immediately.


Willow Brett   |   Member since 2009  |  ✔ Verified

What is the best fertilizer for impatiens?

Fertilizer Type Perennial varieties require fertilization each spring after growth resumes, and they also benefit from additional applications every six to eight weeks throughout the growing season. You can use any all-purpose, balanced fertilizer, such as a 13-13-13 or 10-10-10 blend.


Hayden Walker   |   Member since 2016  |  ✔ Verified

How do you make impatiens bushy?

Plant container impatiens in moist, well-draining potting soil. Prune young impatiens back to half their height at planting time, cutting or pinching stems just above sets of leaves. Care for impatiens so they grow healthy, resulting in fuller, lusher plants.


Jacob Tindall   |   Member since 2007  |  ✔ Verified

What happens if impatiens get too much sun?

Heat and Sun Too much heat and sunlight causes impatiens to quickly shrivel and die. These plants thrive and flower profusely in shaded locations. A location with light, dappled shade all day protects the plants from heat and sun wilting.


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