The Q&A Archives: Lanky Impatiens

Question: I have started impatiens several times from seed and each time I get tall and lanky plants with few flowers. Once I had dwarf impatiens grow 3 feet high. What am I doing wrong? How do I get short compact plants like I find in the nursery? When should Isow the seeds? Thank you for your help. John Saladin Oriskany, NY

Answer: If plants are lanky, it's usually an indication that they are not getting a sufficient amount of light. You should grow them under grow lights, keeping the lights a few inches from the tops of the plants to insure they get enough light. You should be sowing the seeds 8-10 weeks prior to the date of last frost or when you plan to set them out..

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