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May 15, 2017 11:35 AM CST
After hearing a positive weather report for the coming week I planted a flat of beautiful impatiens. Two days later we had a cold snap. My plants aren't dead but they look sick. Will they rebound or should I re-plant?
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Name: Arlene
Southold, Long Island, NY (Zone 7a)
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May 15, 2017 11:42 AM CST
What state and zone do you live in?

Here in zone 7, Long Island, NY, impatiens are often lost due to a cold weather snap.

I'd opt to replant.
Name: stone
near Macon Georgia (USA) (Zone 8a)
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May 15, 2017 1:15 PM CST
Impatiens are weedy...
if you can stand having them look poor for a week or so, they will rebound.
Down here... the only thing that stops them is a nice long drought.
Name: Lin
Southeast Florida (Zone 10a)

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May 15, 2017 7:15 PM CST
Hi Techy, Welcome!

Those Impatiens look a little worse for wear but they should be fine if you don't get anymore real cold weather to knock them back again. The brown stem tips can be trimmed off but otherwise they look okay and you should see new leaf growth before long ... and of course beautiful blooms!

Years ago I grew lots of colors of Busy Lizzy (Impatiens walleriana) They're make a pretty shade plant here in Florida but require a lot of water. One year we were having a severe drought with water restrictions so I just let them all go and haven't planted any since.
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