How to Care for Double Impatiens Flowers

Overview

Double impatiens are shade-loving annuals with brightly colored, bunchy flowers that resemble miniature roses. Set off by dark green foliage, these popular bedding plants are enjoyed for a range of warm bloom hues in the red and orange family, as well as white and even lavender. An easy annual plant to care for, double impatiens will beautify and fill out your summer display.

Step 1

Choose a location with good drainage. Double impatiens love shade but will tolerate filtered light for a stretch of up to four hours in the morning, if it is not direct. Harsh, direct sunlight and heat are the enemy of these tender plants.

Step 2

Add a slow-release fertilizer to the soil and work until well incorporated. Fertilizer applied before planting will gradually feed plants over a longer period of time, promoting annual blooms throughout the season.

Step 3

Allow double impatiens starts to harden, or acclimate, to the outdoor location you choose before planting. Set starts in the shade and then into filtered sunlight for short visits over a period of several days.

Step 4

Plant double impatiens 8 to 10 inches apart to allow for mature growth. Taller species might require up to 18 inches between plants to reduce a leggy or spindly tendency because of crowding.

Step 5

Water well after planting. Double impatiens often require weekly watering in dry or hot weather.

Step 6

Pinch off double impatiens plants that are growing tall and spindly looking. This will create a bunchier plant with more blooms.

Things You'll Need

  • Impatiens plant starts
  • Shovel
  • Slow-release fertilizer

References

  • Clemson University Cooperative Extension, Impatiens
  • University of Illinois Extension, HortAnswers, Busy Lizzie, Impatiens
  • Iowa State University Extension, Horticulture Home and Pest News: Growing Impatiens in the Home Garden
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About this Author

Desirae Roy began writing in 2009. After earning certification as an interpreter for the deaf, Roy earned a Bachelor of Arts in elementary education from Eastern Washington University. Part of her general studies included a botany course leading to a passion for the natural world.