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Double Impatiens Explained

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Double impatiens are some of the most popular plants for use in flower beds and gardens. Among all types of annual flowers and herbaceous plants, double impatiens are beautiful and varied and grow in many types of environments. Impatiens can enhance a flower bed, planter, box or yard by adding splashes of beautiful color.

Double impatiens grow natively in warm, moist environments in South America and Australia, although they can be encouraged to grow successfully in both very dry and very wet climates. There are hundreds of varieties of impatiens plants, each with unique flowers and needs, but the species as a whole has several elements that are consistent from plant to plant.

Double Impatiens Versus Regular Varieties

Double impatiens tend to be taller, more expansive and brighter in color than other varieties of impatiens. They bloom in spring and early summer with rose-like petals of a variety of colors, depending upon the specific type of plant.

Planting Double Impatiens

Double impatiens function well in the shade, but do require sunlight in order to bloom fully. Choose a planting site where your impatiens will receive a mixture of sunlight and shade, and ensure that the plants will not be in full and direct sunlight in the afternoon if possible.

Impatiens of all varieties require a good deal of moisture in the soil. Plant your impatiens in soil that can remain consistently moist without developing pools of standing water. Impatiens in improper soil or soil that is too dry will not bloom well and may die.

Plant your impatiens in late spring to avoid any late-season frosts that may damage your plants. Impatiens are sensitive to extreme cold and will not function well if planted during a cold time of year.

Caring for Double Impatiens

Impatiens do not require pruning or clipping, but will drop leaves and flowers as they die. You may prune the plant to a moderate degree without damaging your impatiens, but this will not necessarily promote further growth and is generally unnecessary. Do clean up any leaves, flowers or other pieces that your plants have shed to the ground. Some impatiens will overgrow if not pinched back, but this depends upon the variety of impatiens that you plant and on the conditions and climate.

All varieties of impatiens require substantial fertilization. Ensure that your plants are well fertilized to help promote overall growth and blooming in the spring and early summer.

When Your Double Impatiens Don't Grow or Bloom Properly

Impatiens may struggle or die in soil that is too cold, so it is best to wait until the weather has begun to warm before planting your impatiens in the spring. Otherwise, the most common problems that gardeners face when caring for impatiens are insufficient soil moisture and improper sunlight/shade balance.

Impatiens are a beautiful addition to any garden or outdoor space. They require minimal maintenance and bloom yearly if planted and cared for properly. For further information about double impatiens and their care, consult with a home improvement specialist or visit your local garden supply center.

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