impatients - Knowledgebase Question

Anaheim, CA (Zone 9B)
Question by crlr41
March 16, 2006
When is the best time to plant impatients in the Southern California area, specifically the 92807 zip code area? I have been planting impatients for quite a while in my front yard, but this year, after an unusually wet year, most of my impatients are shrivelling away, and I am starting from scratch, replacing the sod, new plants, etc. But when is the best time?


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Answer from NGA
March 16, 2006

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December or January are typically the best months to plant impatiens in your area and I would continue to plant them during these months in the future. I suspect overly wet soil contributed to the decline of your plants. They are subject to fungal rot when rainfall is abundant and drainage is poor, which is probably what happened to your plants this year. Next year may not be as wet. You can help your new plants along by amending the planting beds with organic matter to facilitate drainage. Best wishes with your second crop of impatiens!

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