How To Water Impatiens

Overview

Many gardeners head to the nurseries each spring in search of flats of impatiens flowers to fill shady growing areas. When you desire blossoming color in a landscape, yet the area lacks direct sun exposure, impatiens fit the bill. With their dense foliage and continual blossoming, impatiens perform energetically to bring color and beauty to any shady spot. Watch the moisture needs of impatiens carefully throughout the growing season to ensure they do not suffer from lack of water.

Step 1

Assess the irrigation needs of the impatiens daily or every two days during the growing season to ensure they have adequate water. Look at the foliage and blossoms for signs of wilting. For best results, provide water before impatiens show stress from lack of water. Insert your finger into the soil near the impatiens, and if the soil feels dry 1 inch below the soil surface, provide water for the impatiens.

Step 2

Position the hose at the soil level to apply water directly to the garden soil. If you use a watering can, pour the water over the soil and not over the foliage. Wet foliage may lead to fungal infections, especially if the foliage stays wet overnight.

Step 3

Provide water for the impatiens to saturate the soil thoroughly and evenly. When the soil feels moist, stop watering.

Things You'll Need

  • Garden hose or watering can

References

  • University of Florida: Impatiens - A Popular but Over-used Annual
  • Alabama Cooperative Extension System: Impatiens: One of Top Bedding Plants in Alabama
  • University of Vermont Extension: Impatiens
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Kathryn Hatter is a 42-year-old veteran homeschool educator and regular contributor to Natural News. She is an accomplished gardener, seamstress, quilter, painter, cook, decorator, digital graphics creator and she enjoys technical and computer gadgets. She began writing for Internet publications in 2007. She is interested in natural health and hopes to continue her formal education in the health field (nursing) when family commitments will allow.