Impatiens is also known as touch-me-not or jewelweed, and many other names. The flowers have various colors, such as pink, scarlet, purple, and so on.
The planting method and the growth of impatiens are closely related to various factors in the natural environment, such as temperature, light, moisture, soil, and other factors. Among all the factors, the temperature is the most important one that can affect the growth of impatiens.
If you are growing impatiens indoors, you can use air conditioning and heating to adjust the temperature. If there is not enough light, you can also use grow light to provide the light required by impatiens for them to sprout.
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Very Easy Growing Flowers
This flower is not hard to plant. Generally, you don’t need to take much care of the plant. It will grow again next year after flowering this year.
That’s because its seeds will fly down by themselves when they mature, and then they will sprout and rooting the next year.
How To Direct Sow Impatiens Seeds Outdoor
1. Find a piece of loose, fertile, slightly acidic soil, or find a container such as a flowerpot, and put about 80% of the loose soil in the container, leaving a small part of dry soil for later use.
2. Sprinkle a little water evenly in the container. Make don’t make it too wet (spray a few drops, just slightly wet). Place the impatiens seeds on the soil. You don’t need to spread them too densely. Just keep a proper distance.
3. After sowing the impatiens seeds, cover the seeds with dry soil. The upper layer of dry soil only needs to be very thin to cover the seeds. Don’t cover the seeds too thick.
4. In the early stage, you can cover the flowerpot with a layer of plastic film, which will help the impatiens seeds to grow. Anyway, plastic film is optional. You do need to use it if the weather is warm.
5. Put the flowerpot in a place where it can receive sunlight, but avoid excessive temperature and exposure to the sun. Water once a day in the morning and evening, and avoid watering the impatiens seeds at noon. Also, remember not to water too much.
6. After the impatiens seeds start to germinate, you can transplant them. I usually wait for the impatiens to grow 4 leaves before transplanting. During the transplanting process, try to avoid exposing them to the sun, and the transplantation should not be too dense. The ideal distance between each plant should be about 30 cm.
7. After transplanting, it is necessary to water the plant in time, keep the soil moist in the pot but not accumulate water, and pay attention not to make the soil too moist for a long time. Otherwise, the roots and stems are easy to rot.
My Experience Of Germinating Impatiens Seeds
Last week, I just got some impatiens pods from my garden and started to grow them. I plan to put them in baskets after germinating. I liked to plant them in the pots last year, and I got an outstanding result where they did wonderfully.
When they start to bloom, they are large in size and have such a beautiful large blossom. For impatiens, they require light for germination. Light just helped them to germinate better, so I will make sure I give them enough light.
The impatiens seeds are very tiny, so they are a little trickier to plant. When I place the seeds in the container, I have to drop them down very carefully to prevent them from dropping and blow away by the wind.
Those seeds are from the pods of the impatiens flowers that I planted last year. They did bloom very well last year, and I hope they’ll do well again this year. But you know when you’re growing from seed, and it seems like there’s something different every year.
Some of the Mistakes I Did Last Year
I have a little trouble with growing for some reason.
One was I water the pot with excessive water. Then I found some impatiens leaves started to grow yellow or brown. After I found out this was due to overwatering, it was too late, and I was forced to cut down the entire leaves.
Also, I place some pots under direct sunlight for many hours. This causes the plant to dry out after some time.
Another mistake that I made was to put all the seeds too dense. This causes the seeds to compete with each other for nutrients to germinate. As a result, many of the seeds are not able to germinate well.
Since the impatiens seeds are tiny, I need to put them into the soil carefully. Once they are on the soil surface, I have to cover these very lightly with soil. Because if you cover them too much, they probably won’t germinate well at all.
Then, I get some soil and just very lightly put a light coat of soil on there.
You need to know that impatiens are shade-loving plants. There are a lot of people who confuse impatience with the Rinka because the flower looks very similar. But they are actually totally different. Impatiens love the shade, and the Rinka love the sun. So if you mistakenly treat impatiens as Rinka and provide them with a lot of suns, they may get wither.
Once everything is done, I sprinkle the water onto them. Then I place them aside and wait for them to germinate.
After 7 days, the seeds start to germinate. I then get some pots and transplant them into different pots. I then place them outdoors with shade cover to ensure that they sunlight but not too much.
Everything went smoothly so far, and I hope I will be able to see my new impatiens plants with flowers a few months later.
Time Taken for Impatiens To Grow From Seed
Generally, impatiens will start to germinate in between 5-7 days. You will see the first leaf between this period of time. You can then start to apply liquid fertilizer every other week.
When impatiens are in their growth stage, they will quickly grow into lush leaves and buds. Impatiens will also have a relatively large negative reaction to adverse environments such as high temperatures in summer, dry soil, and low air humidity. This can cause impatiens to have leaf curling, withering tips, falling leaves, and even caused plant death.
How Long Does It Take For Impatiens To Flower?
The flowering period of impatiens is depended on the sowing period. If sowing in late March, they will flower in June and August. If sowing in late April, they will flower in July and September. If sowing in late May to early June, they will be flowering from September to November.
Collecting Impatiens Seeds
Flower seeds can be collected and sown in spring. The ripening time of the impatiens pods are not the same, so when come to collect impatiens seeds, you should collect them gradually.
There are techniques and methods for collecting impatiens seeds because once the pod is mature, it tends to be easy to crack. With a slight touch, the shell will split, and the seeds will fly out.
You can observe the color of the pod. When it changes from green to white or light yellow, you can crack it out by gently pinching it with your hands. If you want the pod to remain as a whole, you can use a cutter to cut the pod’s stem. You can collect them in a bag, then store them in a ventilated and dry place.
Environment Conditions For Impatiens Seeds to Germinate
The temperature of 22°C-30°C is suitable for the germination of impatiens seeds. At the same time, March to April and September to October are suitable for sowing impatiens seeds.
15°C-32°C is suitable for growth, and May to July and December to February is the flowering period.
It would help to sow the seeds on the cultivation soil and lightly add about 0.3 cm of the covered soil. Do remember not to sow too deep as this may cause rotten roots and dead seedlings.
The seeds will sprout after 5 to 6 days. After 3 to 4 leaves have grown, they can be planted in pots or raised beds with a distance of 30 cm.
The cultivating soil is preferably fertile and well-drained sandy soil, with sufficient sunshine. The top is removed when the plant height is about 10 cm after planting. You should appropriately add compost and fertilizer during the growth period.
Impatiens are extremely rich in color and variety. If you know how to grow them from seeds in the right way and taking proper care for them to grow all the way, you will be able to enjoy yourself with such amazing flowers.
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