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Question: I just planted over 60 Impatiens in my back yard (in the shady area). It has been very hot, should I water them every day or will that be too much water? Also, I have seen them grow in large pretty bush like form. How do I get my plants to grow like that? They are planted in the north end of the yard with complete shade most of the day. I used potting soil with fertilizer already in it when I planted them.

Answer: There are many kinds of impatiens; some are bedding plants which rarely get over 8-12 inches tall, and some are shrubby types, which grow upwards of 6 feet in height. If you have the bedding type impatiens, they won't grow into shrubs; if you have the type called touch-me-not, they will grow into shrubs. The site you describe sounds perfect for bedding impatiens. Water when the top inch of soil dries out, and be sure to water them thoroughly so the entire root mass gets wet. Don't keep them soggy, though, or the roots will suffocate. Best wishes with your impatiens!

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