Tom Thumb, Impatien Seeds
Botanical NameImpatiens balsamina
Learning Download: How to Grow Impatiens
Impatiens, also known as the Busy Lizzie, are one of the most popular flowers to grow in the nation. It works well when planted in the garden, containers or in planters. Impatiens are annuals that grow in bright, cheerful colors.
Before Planting: Impatiens are slow growing, so begin seeds three months before the last frost.
Planting: Transplant Impatiens outdoors after all danger of frost has passed. Impatiens can be planted very close to one another, mere inches apart.
Watering: Impatiens must be watered regularly as they are sensitive to lack of water and will wilt quickly. Water the Impatiens at least 2 inches per week.
Fertilizer: Impatiens grow best when they are fertilized regularly. Use water-soluble fertilizer every two weeks during the spring and summer seasons.
Days to Maturity: Impatiens are typically not harvested for indoor vases, but their seeds can be harvested for future plantings.
Harvesting: Collect the seeds when the plant is flowering and the seed pods haven’t opened yet. Seed pods will develop at the base of the flower and will become visible when the flower’s petals fall away. Once harvested, split open the pod and shake the seeds into a bowl. Store them in a sealed container in a cool, dry place until ready to plant.
Tips: Impatiens don’t require deadheading and will self-remove their dead blooms to continue growth all throughout the summer.
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