Taller Impatiens - Knowledgebase Question

Christobal, TX
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Question by jpmoore
February 5, 1998
Do you have a coral or orange color variety of impatiens that will grow to 2 feet tall--not New Guinea impatiens. I have had this in my shaded sitting garden, but I can no longer locate the seeds or the plants.

Answer from NGA
February 5, 1998
The tallest orange/coral I know of in the non-New Guinea arena is 'Peaches' which reaches 12" in height.

There is a yellow flowering variety called 'African Queen', and it reaches 20" in height. Balsam-type impatiens reacha height of 12-24". They tend to grow as tall, narrow plants rather than the usual mound. Burpee carries them in their heirloom catalog. There is a pink variety as well as a mix--no pure oranges.

Note that the height of impatiens varies widely, depending on the growing situation; catalog descriptions are only general ranges.

By the way, Burpee sells a new, orange cultivar of New Guinea impatien called 'Macarena', featured on the back of their current catalog. It will grow well in the shade, reaching a height of 2'. It looks gorgeous.
If you have your heart set on non-New Guinea types, you might contact Stokes Seeds (web site www.stokeseeds.com). They supply both commercial growers and home gardeners, and have a huge selection of impatiens. Their catalog doesn't give heights, so you'll have to ask.

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