Answer: Impatiens are shade lovers and grow best in a moist but well drained soil. There are a number of reasons why your plants might be stunted, running from a lack of nutrients, to acidic soil pH, to having been root bound or otherwise stressed prior to planting. You might try a balanced fertilizer (5-5-5 or 10-10-10), either granular or water soluble, according to the label instructions, but first check the soil pH with a home test (sold in garden centers) or have the extension service (ph# 314/889-2911) send you a test kit. Good luck!
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