Impatiens, David MacTavish, Hutchinson Farm
#2 Greenhouse, Burlington, ON, May 12 2011
(Rebecca MacTavish, aged 9)
|Grown at Hutchinson Farm since
1982. Limited availability May 2020 in 4½" pots.
Once the most popular bedding plant of all, impatiens
all but disappeared in 2016 due to the downy mildew out
break. Breeders went to work and in 2020 disease
resistant varieties became available to all growers.
Winter Hardiness: Annual (very frost sensitive)
Light Requirements: bright shade - part sun
avoid hot afternoon sun
Where to plant: flower beds, containers, and
Height: 10 - 16"
Width: 10 - 16"
- Garden Performance
The go to plant for shady areas.
However we have to say SunPatiens do
equally well in shady spots and put on a
Impatiens are just about the easiest flower
you can grow. Watering is crucial -try to
avoid neglect to the point of droopy wilt, they
will come back, but they will drop their flower
petals. Bright shade, and some sun is ideal.
Famous for being a shade plant, if the conditions
are not light enough, impatiens will get leggy,
and not bloom very much. Impatiens will grow in
almost total sun, but they require lots and lots
of water -there are lots of sun-loving plants
better suited to hot
sunny locations. Plant about 8 -12" apart.
- Colours and Varieties
We are trialing two series
in 2020. This year we will evaluate the colours and
growing habits of these new varieties, and if we're
happy with them, we will grow more in 2021, many in
hanging baskets and pouches. Please note, we will
not be offing flats of impatiens.
- Beacon Mix (7
Imara Mix (6 colours)