The Q&A Archives: Indoor Care for Impatiens

Question: Apart from providing sufficient warmth and moisture for germination, is there any rule of thumb concerning how much fluorescent lighting to provide prior to and following germination of hybrid impatiens? At what point (if any) should seedlings be removed to partial or full shade? R. Olthof Elmira, NY

Answer: Impatiens can be grown under lights all year round as house plants. Fluorescent light is very similar to partial shade in light intensity. They do best with about 12-14 hours of light a day. If the flowers and leaves start fading in color, try less light.

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