The Q&A Archives: Planting Impatiens Outdoors

Question: I just ordered 50 New Guinea Impatiens seeds. I was planning to start them directly in my garden outdoors. Because they require light to germinate, can I do this or will a moderate rain just wash them away? I haven't the time or space to start 50 plants indoors!

Answer: You may want to place a lightweight spunbound polyester rowcover fabric over the seedbed to protect the seed. These covers allow light and air to penetrate. Some gardeners have also scattered a light covering of pine needles so as to offer some protection but not shade the soil much.

Wait until the temperatures are in the mid 70's before planting the seed outdoors. Plant in a well prepared seed bed enriched with compost. Keep the soil evenly moist.

Good luck with your seeds!

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