New Guinea Impatiens | 11″ – Hanging Baskets

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New Guinea Impatiens | 11″ – Hanging Baskets

For years, impatiens were my go-to annual for the shade garden because they bloom like mad and come in a variety of colors. And then one summer not so long ago, the blooming stopped—they had become victims of downy mildew.

Many nurseries were forced to stop carrying Impatiens walleriana to prevent the spread of the disease, and moved to the more resilient New Guinea impatiens. The good news is, these easy-to-grow shade annuals are back, thanks to new hybrids bred to fend off downy mildew. You’ll also find them in more flower and foliage colors than ever before.


When to plant:

Set out transplants in early spring or sow seed indoors 8 to 10 weeks before your last frost date. They are very sensitive to cold temperatures, so be sure the threat of frost has passed and the soil has warmed up before planting impatiens in the ground.

Where to plant:

In fertile, well-draining soil enriched with organic matter. Plant I. walleriana in light to medium shade, keeping them out of direct sunlight. New Guinea impatiens will tolerate more sun if you keep their roots moist.

Plant spacing:

Closer spacing will encourage taller growth, while more distance between plants encourages them to spread out and fill in the gaps. Plant further apart if used as a ground cover.

Planting in containers:

Use a general-purpose, well-draining potting soil; one with a slow-release fertilizer will keep your plants well get them off to a good start. If combining impatiens with other annuals or perennials, choose varieties with the same exposure and watering requirements.



Impatiens are not drought tolerant, so they need to be watered regularly during dry spells to keep the soil consistently moist and prevent the plants from wilting. To help retain moisture, amend the soil with organic matter and apply a layer of mulch. If planted in pots, they may need to be watered daily during hot, dry weather.


Apply compost or a slow-release granular fertilizer at planting time. Container-grown plants may need more frequent feedings with a liquid fertilizer.


Although pruning is unnecessary, you can pinch plants back if they become tall and leggy to encourage bushier growth. Your plants will quickly respond with a new flush of blooms. Flowers are self-cleaning, sparing you the chore of deadheading.

Pest and diseases:

Few serious insect or pest problems bother impatiens, but your plants can still succumb to downy mildew if you are not growing a disease-resistant variety. See below for more information on downy mildew.


Botanical name:

Impatiens spp. (describing the “impatient” nature of the seed pods, which burst open when ripe to effectively disperse their contents).

Common names:

Impatiens, Touch-me-not plant, busy Lizzie, patient Lucy, sultana

Annual or perennial?

A tender herbaceous perennial in hardiness zones 10-11; grown as an annual in most regions of the country.

Bloom period:

Late spring until the first frost.

Mature height:

Anywhere from 8 to 12 inches tall for dwarf forms, to as tall as 3 feet for larger cultivars.

Sun or shade?

Impatiens walleriana varieties prefer light to medium shade; New Guinea impatiens will tolerate more sun.


  • New Guinea impatiens (I. hawkeri) are admired for their large, flamboyant flowers and often dark reddish or variegated foliage. They stand up well to wind and rain and are adaptable to most light conditions.

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  • Weight: 15 lb
  • >>: Colors are approximate

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