Propogating Impatiens - Knowledgebase Question

San Pedro, CA
Question by Shanfam5
January 11, 1998
I have some impatien plants, about 3 years old. I really like the colors & was wondering can I snip off a branch and put it in the ground to grow someplace else. If so how do I do this?


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Answer from NGA
January 11, 1998

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Most impatiens are annual bedding plants (Impatiens walleriana), but they can be grown as perennials in your area. You can propogate them from stem cuttings: Take 3-4" cuttings from the ends of the stems, and place them in a flat of moistened vermiculite or perlite. It's best to cover the flat with a plastic bag to maintain high humidity - leave the bag partially open on the end to provide a bit of air circulation. Maintain temperatures around 70F and give them filtered light. They should quicklyform roots.

If you have Impatiens oliveri, which is perennial plant in your area. It has dark green leaves leaves and pale lavender or pinkish flowers. These plants can either be grown from seed or propagated by root division. It's not likelythat one of the stems will grow roots if removed and simply stuck in the ground. You can dig the plant and gently remove each of the stems in the clump, with some of the roots attached, and place each in a container with some moistened potting soil. Theyshould root within a few weeks. You'll be able to tell when they've rooted; the plants will send out new leaves and stem growth.



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