Tropicals forum: Impatiens niamniamensis propagation

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Name: Holly Cooper
Covington, LA (Zone 8b)
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BayouBeadery
Nov 21, 2014 8:44 AM CST
I have a few of these (African Queen & Congo Cockatoo) and have very good success rooting cuttings in just plain water Any time I have tried to give them any kind of media to root in, the cuttings wither and die promptly. Rooting hormone in particular seems to ensure certain failure. Anyway, I have heard that they propagate easily by seed but I've never observed any seeds. They all bloom like crazy. Does anyone have experience with collecting seeds from these plants?
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Name: Holly Cooper
Covington, LA (Zone 8b)
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BayouBeadery
Nov 23, 2014 10:41 AM CST
Here's some info that I've found on the web in case anyone else is looking for it.

http://www.stupidgardenplants.com/archives/tag/impatiens-nia...
http://www.mrimpatiens.com/botany/impatiens.html
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Name: Elaine
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dyzzypyxxy
Nov 24, 2014 8:50 AM CST
Are the plants outdoors in the summertime? Just thinking they wouldn't make seeds if they are indoors all the time because they aren't getting pollinated (unless you do it, with a tiny paint brush).

In any case, I'd stick with propagating by cuttings, myself. It takes a lot less time than starting seeds.
Elaine

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Name: Holly Cooper
Covington, LA (Zone 8b)
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BayouBeadery
Nov 24, 2014 6:10 PM CST
They are outdoors all summer Elaine. There's no shortage of insects around here (as you know) so I don't know why they've never been pollinated. I'm going to try the paintbrush method in the greenhouse just for funzies.

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