great way to improve the entrance of any home is by
using potted color, and New Guinea impatiens are a wonderful
choice when used in pots and hanging baskets. Although
they are relatively easy to grow there are some useful
tips for ensuring you have the healthiest and most colourful
New Guinea impatiens provide colour all year round,
not just from their vibrant flowers in shades of pink,
orange, cerise, red, maroon, magenta, pure white and
bicolor, but also from the exotic foliage that some
varieties produce. They look great either mixed and
matched, or grown in a mass display of single colours.
For the best results, New Guinea impatiens need a good
quality potting mix, regular watering and a fortnightly
application of soluble fertiliser.
When planting into pots and baskets, select a container
that allows room for a good root system to develop,
and use a top quality and moisture-retentive potting
mix such as Searles® Peat 80 Plus.
Containerised plants tend to dry out quickly in hot
and windy weather. To ensure your plants do not suffer
from moisture stress, water them regularly - in normal
conditions about twice a week should suffice, but in
extreme weather it may be necessary to water them more
frequently. In heatwave conditions New Guinea impatiens
sometimes become limp and floppy; if this is the case,
a good soak overnight will revive them and restore them
to normal vigour by morning.
New Guinea impatiens like a sheltered position away
from frost and wind and with some sunlight. If grown
in full sun, they'll remain very compact, whereas if
they are grown in full shade, they become leggy and
won't flower so well. So an ideal spot for them is one
with shade and sunlight, such as on verandahs, patios
The crowning glory of the remarkable New Guinea impatiens
is their beautiful multi-coloured flowers. To promote
more abundant and lively blooms, fertilise every two
weeks with Searles® Flourish.
After each flush of flowering, cut your plants back
to promote a more compact shape and they will reward
your efforts by producing even more flowers.
Few pests and diseases attack New Guinea impatience.
Problems to watch for are aphids (spray with pyrethrum
or hose off with a gentle spray), caterpillars (pick
off by hand) and fungal disease, which show as small
black spots on the foliage (spray with SeaMax® Fish
remember this checklist for growing successful impatiens:
Plant into Searles® Peat 80 plus
Water about twice a week
Place them in a sheltered position with some
Fertilise fortnightly with Searles® Flourish
Check for the occasional infestation of pests
and fungal disease
Prune after each flush of flowers to encourage
home will now be graced with vivid colour, all year
Happy Gardening with Searles from the Searle
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