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Care and Watering of the Impatiens Plant

By Annita Lawson ; Updated September 21, 2017
Impatiens plants require consistent watering in order to thrive.

The impatiens plant is one of the most popular annual flowers available. It is seen gracing walkways, in hanging baskets, in mixed plantings and in raised beds. Impatiens are available in a wide range of colors, including white, pink, red, purple and even vibrant orange. They require no deadheading and bloom continuously from spring until frost. Impatiens do well in partial sun, but will also grow in shaded areas. They do require regular watering and will let you know if they aren't getting enough by wilting dramatically.

Dig a hole that is the same depth and 2 to 3 inches wider than the root ball of the impatiens plant. Place the roots into the planting hole at the same level they were previously growing and replace the loosened soil.

Water until the soil is very moist, but not soggy. Add a 2- to 3-inch layer of organic mulch around the flowers to control weeds and retain moisture.

Add water anytime the top of the soil feels dry to the touch. Impatiens wilt quickly if they experience a lack of moisture, so it's important that you pay attention to this vital part of their care.

Fertilize every two weeks with houseplant fertilizer mixed at half the strength recommended on the package.

Examine the impatiens plants often for signs of insect infestation or disease. Treat quickly with insecticide or fungicide if you suspect a problem.


Things You Will Need

  • Garden spade
  • Organic mulch
  • Houseplant fertilizer


  • Propagate impatiens from seed or by taking cuttings.
  • Keep the soil of impatiens plants evenly moist, as overly wet soil can cause disease while soil that remains too dry can result in dropped leaves and blooms.
  • Container grown impatiens will require more frequent watering and fertilization than those planted directly into the garden.