Tips and Tricks for Taking Care of Impatiens Plants: Everything You Need to Know

Tips and Tricks for Taking Care of Impatiens Plants: Everything You Need to Know

Impatiens, also known as sunpatiens, are a popular choice for gardeners who want a burst of color in shady sites. These tender perennials come in many colors and varieties, making them a versatile choice for any garden. They have a compact habit and can grow up to 2 feet in diameter, depending on the type you choose.

When it comes to impatiens care, watering is one of the most important factors to consider. Impatiens prefer moist soil, but they can’t tolerate over-watering. The best way to water impatiens is to keep the soil evenly moist, but not waterlogged. It’s a good idea to water them in the morning so the leaves have time to dry before the evening, although they can withstand some morning frost.

If you’re growing impatiens in a pot, make sure it has good drainage so the water can easily drain away. You can also add a layer of mulch around the plants to help retain moisture. In colder climates, impatiens are treated as annuals and are often started indoors before the last frost, then transplanted outside once the ground has thawed.

Pruning impatiens is another important aspect of care. By pruning your plants regularly, you can encourage bushier growth and more flowers. It’s best to prune them back by about a third of their height when they start to wilt or look leggy. This will help them stay compact and keep flowering for longer.

In addition to their easy care, impatiens are also known for their ability to come back year-round. They have a high tolerance for shade, making them a perfect choice for shady garden sites. And the bonus is that they can tolerate both full sun and partial shade, although they may flower more in shadier spots.

“Impatiens are a type of flowering plant that many gardeners find easy to grow. They are often grown as annuals but can also be grown as perennials in some locations. Impatiens hawkeri is a popular variety, although there are many other types available. They are a great choice for those who want a colorful garden without a lot of work.” – The Gardeners’ Guide

So if you’re looking for a low-maintenance plant that adds a pop of color to your garden, impatiens are a perfect choice. Whether you choose the sunpatiens or the traditional variety, these plants will brighten up any shady spot and keep flowering all season long. So why wait? Start planting your impatiens today and enjoy their beauty for years to come!

How to Grow Impatiens in Pots: 5 Important Tips

If you’re looking to grow impatiens in pots, there are a few important tips to keep in mind. While impatiens are traditionally known for their ability to grow in shady beds, they can also thrive in pots, making them a popular choice for container gardening. Here are five important tips to help you successfully grow impatiens in pots:

Tip 1: Choose the right type of impatiens
There are various types of impatiens available, including the traditional variety and the newer mildew-resistant varieties like Sunpatiens. Depending on your preference and the growing conditions, choose the variety that suits your needs. Impatiens are known for their colorful, flowering blooms, so make sure to select a variety that you find visually appealing.
Tip 2: Use well-draining potting soil
Impatiens prefer moist but well-draining soil. Use a good-quality potting soil that allows excess water to easily drain out. This will help prevent overwatering and ensure that the roots have enough oxygen to grow.
Tip 3: Provide the right amount of water
Impatiens need regular watering to thrive, especially during hot weather. However, avoid overwatering as this can lead to root rot. Water the plants in the morning to allow the foliage and soil to dry out before the cooler evening temperatures, which can help prevent diseases like mildew.
Tip 4: Place in a shady spot
Impatiens prefer shady areas and do not tolerate direct sunlight for long periods. Place the pots in a location where they’ll receive bright, indirect light for a few hours a day but are protected from strong afternoon sun.
Tip 5: Fertilize regularly
Impatiens are heavy feeders and benefit from regular fertilizing. Use a balanced, water-soluble fertilizer according to the instructions on the label. Fertilize every two weeks or as directed to promote healthy growth and abundant blooms.


If you want to add some vibrant colors to your garden, impatiens are the perfect choice. These beautiful flowering plants come in different types and can be planted and grown in pots, which makes them popular among gardeners.

Impatiens, particularly the Impatiens hawkeri species, are known for their deep and rich color. They are great for pots because they can be grown in shady areas, making them suitable for those who have limited gardening space.

When planting impatiens in pots, it is important to choose the right type of pot. A larger pot with a diameter of at least 12 inches is better as it provides enough space for the plants to grow. Although impatiens are also grown in smaller pots, a larger pot allows the plants to develop a more robust root system.

One important thing to care about is the soil. Impatiens need well-draining soil that can hold moisture. A mix of potting soil and organic matter, such as peat moss or compost, would be ideal. Make sure to have a drainage hole at the bottom of the pot to prevent water accumulation, which can cause the impatiens to wilt.

Fertilizing impatiens is also important for better flower growth. Use a balanced liquid fertilizer every 2 to 3 weeks during the growing season. This will provide the necessary nutrients for the plants to thrive and produce more flowers.

Impatiens are relatively easy to grow in pots. They can tolerate a variety of conditions, although they prefer mildew-resistant varieties in areas with high humidity. These plants can be grown year-round in guinea pig and ground beds, but they are also a great addition to your garden during the colder months when many other flowering plants are not in bloom.

When starting to grow impatiens in pots, it is important to place them in a location with partial sun. Too much direct sunlight can cause the impatiens to wilt, while too little sunlight can affect their flowering ability.

If you have any questions about how to care for impatiens in pots, don’t hesitate to ask. There are many resources available, including Google and gardening websites, that can provide more information and tips on growing impatiens.

In conclusion, impatiens are beautiful flowering plants that can be easily grown in pots. With the right care and conditions, these plants will flourish and add a burst of color to your garden or any other outdoor space.


When it comes to impatiens, or impatiens walleriana, you’re probably familiar with the typical shade-loving variety that blooms profusely in shady spots. But did you know that there are other types of impatiens that thrive in different light conditions as well?

In this introduction to impatiens care, we’ll focus on the “sunpatiens” variety, which is a newer type of impatiens that can tolerate full sun, making them a great addition to both shady and sunny areas in your garden.

If you’ve never planted sunpatiens before, now is a great time to start considering them for your garden. Sunpatiens were first introduced to the market in 2006 and have quickly become a favorite among gardeners due to their ability to withstand hot weather and still produce beautiful blooms. They are a hybrid of the New Guinea impatiens (impatiens hawkeri) and have inherited the mildew-resistant habit of their parents.

When planting sunpatiens, it’s important to choose a pot or area in your garden that gets at least five hours of direct sunlight each day. Although they can tolerate full sun, they will also thrive in partial shade. The soil should be well-draining, as impatiens are not fond of wet feet. If your soil tends to hold water, consider adding organic matter or amending it to improve drainage.

As with any other plant, proper watering is essential for sunpatiens. They like to be evenly moist, but not waterlogged. Water them when the top inch of soil feels dry to the touch. During the hot summer months, they may require more frequent watering to keep up with their high water needs. Be sure to water at the base of the plant to prevent the leaves from getting wet, as wet leaves can attract disease.

If you’re concerned about the freezing temperatures in your area, don’t worry! Sunpatiens are surprisingly cold-tolerant and can withstand temperatures down to 32°F (0°C). However, it’s worth mentioning that they are not frost-tolerant, so if you expect frost in your area, it’s best to bring them indoors or provide them with frost protection.

In terms of care, sunpatiens are relatively low-maintenance. They don’t require deadheading like some other flowering plants, and they’ll continuously produce new blooms throughout the season. However, if you notice any spent flowers, feel free to remove them to encourage more flowering.

When it comes to colors and varieties, sunpatiens come in a wide range of options. From vibrant shades of pink, red, and orange to softer pastels and even white, you’ll find a variety that suits your preference. They also come in different sizes, from compact plants suitable for containers to taller varieties for creating a showy display in your garden.

As with any other flowering plant, sunpatiens do require regular fertilization to promote healthy growth and abundant blooms. Use a balanced, slow-release fertilizer according to the package instructions. Be careful not to over-fertilize, as it can lead to excessive foliage growth and decreased flowering.

In summary, sunpatiens are a fantastic choice for gardeners looking for a low-maintenance, sun-loving flowering plant. With their ability to tolerate full sun and thrive in both shady and sunny areas, they’ll bring color and beauty to every corner of your garden. Whether you’re a seasoned gardener or a beginner, sunpatiens are a great option to consider for your next planting project.

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Dr Heidi Parkes

By Dr Heidi Parkes

Senior Information Extension Officer QLD Dept of Agriculture & Fisheries.