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Old 05-03-2015, 10:31 AM
Location: CO
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Originally Posted by Yoly12345 View Post
I got new guinea impatient I put out side and it got to much sun and they dying what could I do to help it
Most bedding plants need a gradual transition to full sun when brought home from the nursery or garden center. Get it out of the sun, water normally and it might revive. Do not fertilize it. Plants in stress do not need feeding.

It's interesting to see all the older comments above yours. At that time we didn't know about the impatiens fungal disease that desiccated so many of them. Still an iffy proposition but good luck!
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Old 05-07-2015, 11:52 AM
Location: N of citrus, S of decent corn
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They like cool, semi shade, unless they're New Guinea impatiens. Same with begonias. It is also hard to keep them wet enough in the heat of summer. You can try letting them soak from the bottom. Sometimes if the soil gets very dry the water just goes down the sides and doesn't really soak into the soil.
I don't know where you live, but I've not had success with impatiens in GA (zone 8), while they did very well in OH (zone 5).
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Old 06-11-2018, 06:59 PM
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These were "sunpatients"
I know that other strains don't do that well in full sun and we have watered twice a day
I think I am going to have to pull them out and go with something else
I know portulaccas from TX and have some in large container in front/west facing container
Looks like will have to look for Vincas
Portulaccas aren't easy to find at least at Lowe's, WalMart or Home Depot we have been to
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Old 06-12-2018, 02:09 PM
Location: Zone 6B ~ Northern VA
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Impatients thrive under the shade and slightly damp conditions and will be very unhappy near any sun or in the slightest bit of drought.

Originally Posted by syracusa View Post
I bought two pots of beautiful bright red impatients abut 2-3 months ago.
One of them has since died. It simply started wilting and regardless of what I did, it shriveled and died. I concluded it must have been root rot.

I was careful to not over-water the remaining one and when I saw the first signs of wilting I was sure this was going to follow in the other one's foot steps.

But then it rained and the plant came back up beautifully. Granted it no longer blooms right now like it bloomed the first few weeks I got it from the nursery...but it still has some flowers.

What bothers me is the plant starts drooping and looking unhappy long before the soil looks like it's in need for water. There were times when the soil was almost wet and it still started to droop and then the rain came, and it came back up. So does it mean it wants A LOT of water?
Could it be the other one died from too little water instead of the root rot I suspected?

On the one hand I am afraid to over-water because of fear of root-rot, on the other hand it really looks like this plant wants water long before the soil becomes merely damp. It seems to like it literally soggy. But then what about the root-rot warnings?

I read Impatients are so easy but to me they seem to be the hardest from what I have. My African Violets, Geraniums, Peace Lily and a Neanthe Bella Palm Plant are all a breeze compared to these fussy, thirsty yet still prone to root-rot impatients. What gives?

As for begonias, I ALWAYS - mathematically! - manage to kill them.
They all eventually rot. So I gave up on this flower even though I love them so much at the nursery!

I also love the look of Impatients but I seem to be on the edge with their care. Haven't mastered them yet.
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