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Plainfied indiana
Jul 31, 2017 11:13 AM CST
What is wrong with impatiens. They have yellow leaves.
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Name: Elaine
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Jul 31, 2017 11:30 AM CST
Hi and welcome, Steve. Have you given your impatiens plant any fertilizer recently? If not, a half strength douse of a soluble fert might improve the color and vigor of that little fellow pretty quickly.

If you've had a lot of rain, whatever fert was in that pot is probably long gone and your plant is a bit hungry. But remember, start with half strength. More is not better when it comes to fert, as you can burn leaves with too much at once. After things improve, a little sprinkle of a pelleted, time release fertilizer should feed that baby for the rest of the summer.

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Plainfied indiana
Jul 31, 2017 11:40 AM CST
Thx for the info. This one and a couple of others (only pink) have this problem. They receive the most sun. When planted in spring the pitting soil used, I think, was inferior quality. I have since replanted with a better potting soil. Would that have effect on growth and I just need to wait?
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Jul 31, 2017 11:51 AM CST

You might want to check the undersides of the leaves to see if they look like the pictures on these two links, especially if they start to get curled leaves and look wilty as well as yellowy. Downy mildew devasted impatiens starting a few years ago. I don't know if yours are the newer resistant ones or not - do they have a name?
Plainfied indiana
Aug 1, 2017 4:39 PM CST
No problem with undersides of leaves. I added a little more fertilizer and water and watching.
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Aug 1, 2017 4:54 PM CST
I always have my impatiens in the shade. They are about the only flower I can have in my shady yard. That, and begonias. Since I don't have experience with impatiens in the sun, maybe it's getting too much sun??
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Aug 1, 2017 4:55 PM CST
That could be it. I've tried impatiens in full sun, and it's always died for me. I think it's a shade plant only in hot climates.
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Plainfied indiana
Aug 1, 2017 5:14 PM CST
I thought maybe the Sun was the problem too. However, look at this picture of all the impatiens that I have. they all get a great deal of Sun during the day but the whites and the Reds impatiens are thriving. Only the pinks are not growing. Mystery to me.
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