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How to Propagate Impatiens

By Kathryn Hatter ; Updated September 21, 2017
Propate impatiens plants quickly and easily in plain water.

A gardener looking for an easy bedding flower or container plant should include a plentiful array of impatiens flowers in a yard. These annual flowers come in a beautiful variety of hues, including pink, red, white, orange, lavender and burgundy. Many gardeners like to propagate impatiens for an inexpensive way to reproduce impatiens for planting. With a little time and very few materials, it is a simple process to propagate impatiens plants.

Choose a healthy hybrid impatiens plant and trim off a 6-inch stem immediately below a node. Nodes are the points where buds and leaves grow out from a stem.

Trim off any leaves from the bottom of the stem and trim off any flowers from the stem.

Fill the glass with water and place the prepared stem into the water. If there are any leaves that are touching the water, remove them to prevent them from decomposing.

Place the glass in a sunny location or under a grow light. The stem must receive at least 2 hours of light each day.

Watch the glass every day and replenish the water to keep it at the same level. Keep the stem in the glass until two or three large roots have formed. This will take approximately 1 week.

Prepare a container for planting the rooted stem. Fill the container approximately 1/2 full of potting soil.

Remove the stem from the glass and carefully place it into the prepared container so that the new roots will all be beneath the soil level. Fill additional potting soil around the stem and pat the potting soil firmly. Water the newly planted impatiens plant.

Place the container back into the sunny location or under the grow light and water the plant regularly.


Things You Will Need

  • Hybrid impatiens plant
  • Scissors
  • Glass
  • Direct sunlight or grow light
  • Potting soil
  • Container

About the Author


Kathryn Hatter is a veteran home-school educator, as well as an accomplished gardener, quilter, crocheter, cook, decorator and digital graphics creator. As a regular contributor to Natural News, many of Hatter's Internet publications focus on natural health and parenting. Hatter has also had publication on home improvement websites such as Redbeacon.