Planting Impatiens - Knowledgebase Question

Milford, CT
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Question by Stackup2
May 8, 1998
I have a bedding site about 3x15 and am trying to get that ice cream look with impatiens. Got about 200 or so impatiens. Need to know how to plant them to get that full flower effect.

Answer from NGA
May 8, 1998
All transplants should be set as deeply in the soil as they grew formerly. Peat pots or peat pellets can be planted directly in the soil. With plants grown in other containers, try to retain as much of the soil around the roots as possible. Water them as soon as they are planted and daily thereafter until they have begun to produce new growth.

If the sky is clear and it is windy or very warm try to shield the young plants in partial shade created by evergreen boughs or some such cover that can be removed in a week or so.

Space them so when mature, the plants will just touch or slightly overlap. Open areas of soil between plants can be unattractive and easily invaded by weeds, but likewise overcrowding results in leggy plants.

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