Sunpatients (Viva) - Knowledgebase Question

Question by bwyne99
August 7, 2008
I bought 3 Sunpatients about 3 weeks ago, they all did well, the first 2 weeks, then we had temp over 100 for 4 days traight, they began to droop and loose their flowers, one had perked back up and has bloomed again, but the other two are pretty sad and lifeless. Do i dig them up and start over? Or is there still hope with some tlc?

Answer from NGA
August 7, 2008


Sunpatiens were bred for extreme heat and full sunshine; in trials at Georgia State University, they performed remarkably well during adverse weather conditions. So, I don't think your heat wave affected the plants. The problem is more likely related to watering practices or soil. I'd leave the puny plants alone - they may recover. If not, and if you decide to plant again, be sure to amend the soil with organic matter so it will drain well and after planting, mulch over the bare soil with additional organic matter. This mulch will help moderate soil temperatures, help slow water evaporation and also suppress weeds.

Best wishes with your Sunpatiens!

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