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yaraahmed28
Mar 21, 2018 7:59 AM CST
I got impatiens a few day ago.. and I was told it doesnt need direct sunlight.. so I put it in a corner of the balcony where the sun doesnt reach it. It was just fine yesterday morning, however i woke up today to find the leaves wilted. I am not sure what i did wrong? Is it the weather (i live in Egypt and it was above 30 degrees celsius) Or did I over water it? I watered it once a day early morning or around sunset.

I attached a picture from yesterday morning and today

Is there a way to salvage it?
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sallyg
Mar 21, 2018 9:06 AM CST
Is there any chance it was below 32F or 0C degrees? It looks like the kind of overall damage of freezing. Does the pot have a hole for extra water to run out? (I'm not even sure that sitting in water could cause this severe overall damage.)
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Xeramtheum
Mar 21, 2018 9:39 AM CST
Hi and welcome to NGA!

30°C is about 84° F - I'm thinking it's been over watered. Impatiens don't like wet feet and as Sally indicated, if there are not any drain holes in the pot that it is in, that would drown it.

For impatiens, they prefer soil on the dry side of moist.
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yaraahmed28
Mar 21, 2018 9:56 AM CST
Hi, thanks a lot for your reply. It was 30°C and a couple of degrees lower at night. I read somewhere that they wilt from not being watered properly, could it be that they need water? I skipped watering them yesterday because I was out all day, and only watered it this morning.

The thing is am not sure, if I should water it less or more? Or is it the heat? Or is it gone for good now? The pot has drainage holes, I checked when I got them. Shrug! Shrug!
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Xeramtheum
Mar 21, 2018 10:08 AM CST
The damage does not look like wilt from lack of water .. it looks like wilt from too much water. Like I said, keep the soil moist but not wet. Every time you go to water, stick your finger in the soil about an inch down and if it feels moist do NOT water. Keep the soil on the dryer side of moist.
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sooby
Mar 21, 2018 10:40 AM CST
New Guinea impatiens hate to dry out, did it come in that pot or did you repot it? They collapse completely if they get too dry but as has been mentioned by others, it's also possible from too much water. If it is in an inner pot can you lift it out and see if it seems light in weight for the size?
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sallyg
Mar 21, 2018 10:51 AM CST
got my Cs and Fs jumbled in my haste...
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BigBill
Mar 21, 2018 12:34 PM CST
I never imagined any impatiens looking this bad this quickly! It has been my experience that overwatering would take longer to develop symptoms.
People new to plants tend to underwater. From what you describe this plant is exposed to 75-85 degrees constantly. When you water these things, you really have to water them. Because if the soil gets too dry, it does not absorb water that readily.
Impatiens like this need a few hours of sun in the morning but the constant heat is no good. I am in SE Florida and I grow impatiens from November to March, 45-80 degrees. If it gets warm too soon or too late, they do not like it. I doubt that this was a good choice for a balcony in Egypt.
Perhaps inside?
Make sure pot has drainage holes.
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BigBill
Mar 21, 2018 12:46 PM CST
They faint easily from not enough water for me so I soak them. They bounce back quickly!
But now here I need to replace them. They have gone 5 months for me and they are dying/wilting because their seasonal lifespan is over. They are telling me I need to go to my warm weather plants, butterfly weed and Pentas.
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sooby
Mar 21, 2018 3:41 PM CST
Bill, I've had the same experience (collapsing from insufficent water, but in my climate that's obviously summer Hilarious! ). It's become a routine with me, if they collapse then soak the rootball in a bucket of water for a while. They do indeed bounce right back quickly.
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BigBill
Mar 21, 2018 4:13 PM CST
Oh yes they respond but right now, mine are just spent from flowering their little hearts out.
I keep them moist but they just continue to slowly die back. This happens every year down here and it lets me know that it is time to plant other things!
The reverse happens in mid September through early October.
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WillC
Mar 21, 2018 4:35 PM CST
You stated "above30 degrees C. "Impatiens don't do well in such high temps. I am also wondering if it got too much light. Hard to figure your watering. Certainly watering twice per day would normally be too much, but we don't know if you were watering partially or completely.

Keep you Impatiens in a cool, shady location. Water it thoroughly as soon as the surface of the soil feels just barely damp.
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yaraahmed28
Mar 22, 2018 4:46 AM CST
Hi everyone,
So thanks for the advice.. I have good news.. so, I took them inside this morning and watered it well.. like Bill and Will said.. made sure its drainage holes are doing their job... it bounced back up so quickly...thanks

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BigBill
Mar 22, 2018 5:57 AM CST
Your are welcome!!
So happy it worked out well for you and your plant!
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Name: Sally
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sallyg
Mar 22, 2018 7:32 AM CST
Glad to hear it!
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