Care and Growth of New Guinea Impatiens
A flower that is worth mentioning is the new guinea impatiens. I have worked with these flowering plants over the years and have seen the beauty and flavour new guinea impatiens brings. These garden beauties can really give that POP when planted in masses in assorted colours in the garden area, used as an undergrowth around coconut palms and other trees, in containers, low hanging baskets and so on.
New Guinea Impatiens can be grown in full as well as partial sunlight. Caution should be taken however because if the soil is allowed to dry out your Impatiens will wilt but a good drink of water or soaking will cause your plant to bounce back, therefore, it is good to ensure that the soil is moderately moist at all times.
New Guinea Impatiens
Growing New Guinea Impatiens
When growing new guinea impatiens like other garden plants, the first thing to consider is the soil type. These garden beauties prefer a soil that holds moisture and has good drainage. New Guinea Impatiens loves a soil Ph of 6.0-6.5.
As mentioned earlier new guinea impatiens loves moisture but be very careful when giving your impatiens a drink because overwatering can cause root rot, so ensure that the soil remains moderately moist at all times.
How to fertilize?
The use of a water-soluble or quick-release fertilizer once a month is sufficient in keeping your impatiens blooming beautifully.
Pruning is so important in the life of garden plants and so it is with new guinea impatiens. Plants which are leggy meaning they have lost most or all of its leaves and plants that are overgrown at this point should be trimmed. The removal of brown and discoloured leaves, old flowers and other plant parts will keep your impatiens healthy and attractive. Remove these plant parts by pinching with your fingers this procedure will encourage new bloom causing your plant to become fuller.
Garden pests of new guinea impatiens
Keep an eye out for these garden pest which may seek to wreak havoc on your new guinea impatiens.
For snails and slugs handpicking and disposing of them or the use of snail bait will offer some help. For mealybugs, whitefly and aphids the use of insecticidal soap will help. When using chemicals read and follow the label because the label is the law.
Diseases of new guinea impatiens
There are a few diseases of new guinea impatiens which includes
- Powdery Mildew
- Root Rot
- Botrytis Blight
Powdery mildew shows up or appears as a coating on the leaf surface. This mildew can be either grey or white. Impatiens that are infected experience leaf drop, the growth of your plant will also be stunted. Control measures include ensuring at all times that your garden area is clean and clear of debris including leaves has have fallen and is resting on the soil’s surface.
Another method of controlling powdery mildew is to water your impatiens early enough so your plants can have sufficient time to dry. Watering too late in the evening will encourage disease because with moisture remaining on your plant and as night falls will create the right condition for powdery mildew. In serve cases treatment such as organic fungicides and neem oil may offer some help. When using chemicals read an follow the label because the label is the law.
Root rot is caused by poor drainage, therefore, it is important to know your garden soil type or at least know how to make soil improvements so that your impatiens do not fall victim. Impatiens that are suffering from root rot develops mushy black stems and roots. Control measures include replacing the soil with fresh garden soil that has good drainage, adding compost will also help in building your soil to be the right fit for your new guinea impatiens.
The soil of new guinea impatiens that are planted in containers should have good drainage, the pots must also have drain holes to allow excess water to run off.
Botrytis Blight is encouraged by weathers that are chilly at nighttime or humid weather. Signs of botrytis blight appears as wilted stems and leaves, rotted buds and blooms which are discoloured. To avoid the onset of this disease when installing new guinea impatiens plants should have a spacing of 8-12 inches this will give good air circulation also remove yellow leaves and diseased bloom.
Here are a few varieties you can try.
- Paradise rose flair
- Sunstanding hot pink
- Painted paradise orange
- Sunstanding cherry red
- Magnum Red
- Sunstanding Salmon
The final word
Installing these garden beauties can really give that WOW and colour POP that will bring that much-needed flavour to your garden and landscapes so why not go for it you have nothing to lose I assure you, you will be glad that you did, make your garden the talk of the neighbourhood to be admired and enjoyed both by family and friends.