The Q&A Archives: New Guinea Impatients

Question: This year the Paradise New Guinea Impatients I purchased from the Southern New Jersey garden center where I have been buying them for several years seemed to have damaged or defective flowers. They do not open fully, remaining curled around the edges. I had assumed that it was from the conditions under which they must have been stored or transported and they would

Answer: Based on your description I am not certain what this would be caused by, although it is consistent with damage from thrips, a greenhouse pest that is a serious problem with New Guinea impatiens. I would strongly suggest you work with your local Rutgers based county extension to determine the specific cause of the malformed flowers and based on knowing that, decide what to do. If a chemical control is needed they will have the most up to date information on what to use and how/when to apply it for best results.

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