N.g. Impantiens, Inside Plant? - Knowledgebase Question

Kirkwood, MO
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Question by tdb39
May 26, 2000
I got an Impatien for a gift and I am new to taking care of plants, sorry but it's true. Is this an inside potted plant or better planted outside? The leaves started falling off a few days after I got it. My sister said I watered it too much, please help.

Answer from NGA
May 26, 2000
New Guinea Impatiens is usually sold as an annual to be kept outdoors for the summer. It does well in a container or in the ground in partial shade meaning morning sun or dappled light all day. Try to put it in a spot that is not overly windy. You might be able to overwinter it indoors on a sunny window sill, too. It will not tolerate frost.

The soil should be kept slightly moist but not sopping wet. When you water it, allow the extra water to run out the bottom. Make sure the water soaks into the soil and does not just run out between the edge of the pot and the soil. How often to water it will depend on how hot and dry the weather is, so use your finger to check the soil. Give your plant a water soluble fertilizer for flowering plants according to the label instructions.

I hope this helps.

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