The Q&A Archives: Stemmy, Leafless Impatiens

Question: When I was younger my mother grew lots of Impatiens, but after a short period of time they lost most of their leaves and became lanky and stemmy. Why?

Answer: Impatiens like most flowers get a little tired with age and lose some of their original beauty. Although impatiens like partial shade, they won't thrive in deep shade. Impatiens can be cut back after they become leggy and new shoots will form and theplant will branch out and become more compact. Impatiens reseed themselves. The colors may be a little different but they will still be nice plants.

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