New Guinea impatiens Plant

Scientific name : “Impatiens hawkeri”

New Guinea impatiens is a tropical plant hailing from, you guessed it, New Guinea. It has succulent stems and attractive foliage that both create the perfect backdrop for the large, colorful blooms. There are also many foliage variations of New Guineas. Flowers of New Guinea impatiens are like a maximized version of standard impatiens flowers.

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New Guinea impatiens is a tropical plant hailing from, you guessed it, New Guinea. It has succulent stems and attractive foliage that both create the perfect backdrop for the large, colorful blooms. There are also many foliage variations of New Guineas. Flowers of New Guinea impatiens are like a maximized version of standard impatiens flowers. Pink, white, lavender, and orange create wonderful palettes to incorporate into your garden. All flowers are composed of five slightly overlapping petals arranged around a small, button-like center. Impatiens also have a flower spur full of nectar, which makes them a favorite of pollinators like moths and butterflies. New Guinea impatiens are happiest in part shade with consistently moist soil. If they start to wilt, give them a thorough watering and they should bounce back in a few hours. Fortunately, New Guinea impatiens are resistant to downy mildew, which can quickly wipe out other impatiens varieties. Typical garden pests like aphids, thrips, and spider mites are common problems that New Guineas can run into.

Sunlight – New Guinea impatiens do best in morning sun and afternoon shade. If the soil is dry or temperatures are extreme, they will need up to a half-day of shade or they may not bloom as well.

Watering – These plants need regular water. Do not let them remain dry for extended periods or they will stop blooming, decline, and potentially die.

Plant Cycle – They will need well-draining soil that holds moisture long enough for the roots to soak it up. New Guinea impatiens are heavy feeders, so add a good amount of organic matter to the soil at planting time or before. Plant at the same level they are in their pots. Once in the ground, give them a good drink of water to help them establish.

 

 

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