- NOT AVAILABLE 2016
Impatiens, David MacTavish, Hutchinson Farm
#2 Greenhouse, Burlington, ON, May 12 2011
(Rebecca MacTavish, aged 9)
|Grown at Hutchinson Farm since
1982. NOT AVAILABLE 2016 due to Impatiens Downy
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 and
Impatiens Downy Mildew
For the foreseeable future, this
disease makes planting regular shade
impatiens inadvisable, especially after
milder winters. If your impatiens have
lost all their leaves and blooms in
former years, don't plant them again.
Try SunPatiens, or begonias instead.
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
Once there were literally too
many colours available. Now with IDM, we are
just growing a few. Alas, the giant Blitz
series (for our hanging baskets and pouches),
is no longer available, so we will not be
offering any impatiens baskets or pouches, but
will have them in begonias instead.
Super Elfin: The standard
impatiens for years and years.