Impatiens are one of the top selling annuals year after year, and for good reason. They are easy to grow, flower reliably all summer long, come in a multitude of colours, and thrive in shade.
Impatiens “Safari F2” is an excellent robust variety, producing free flowering plants in particularly brilliant colours including reds, pinks, purples and white.
They are one of the most appreciated and most popular varieties used for bedding, hanging baskets and containers. Blooming from early summer until the first frosts they will brighten up even the dullest of areas with an abundance of vibrantly coloured blooms.
In the garden they are very suitable for containers and hanging baskets, It prefers well-drained soil and will flourish in full sun or partial shade. They will also thrive as indoor plants.
Safari mix is very suitable for use as an indoor plant. They grow a little taller indoors and, provided the plant-lover waters the soil and not the leaves, the foliage will look good for a long time. On a light windowsill, they will go on flowering over a long period.
Impatiens is perennial in frost-free growing conditions and is often grown as an annual and discarded at the end of the flowering season. As such, can be sown almost all year round, (apart from the hottest and coldest months)
It can also be sown directly, but results are far greater if the seeds are given favourable conditions during raising. Modern hybrids are produced to yield 90-100% germination if given good conditions during raising.
Sowing: Sow indoors in late winter until late spring.
Use new or clean pots and trays and fill them with seed compost or other soil that has been sterilised.
Impatiens seed requires light to germinate, sow the seeds on the surface of the compost and do not cover. The compost should be kept moist; the seeds are very sensitive to drying out, so always cover the propagator with glass or plastic and stand it in a light position, but not in full sunlight.
The seeds germinate best at temperatures between 21 to 25°C (69 to 77°F). This means fairly warm conditions which also encourage fungi, and the danger of damping off is therefore quite real. Once the seed has germinated, the humidity should be reduced. Allow fresh air in as soon as possible and increase the size of the opening during the next few days until the cover can be left off altogether. Reduce the temperature to 15 to 18°C (59 to 64°F) a warm kitchen windowsill is often sufficient. As soon as the seedlings are over 1.5cm (½in) tall, they may be pricked out and grown on at moderate temperatures.
Put the young plants out-of-doors during the daytime from early May to harden them off, and bring them indoors again in the evening. They may be planted out-of-doors by the end of May after all risk of frost has passed. Plant 20cm (8in) apart.
Although drying winds will do the plants good out-of-doors, they suffer badly on windy balconies and other draughty places. Lengthy wet spells are the greatest problem, so you should always plant outdoors in a place where a gentle breeze will dry them off again.
Sunlight is not required at all and, in fact, the plants do well in a light position in the shade. The colour of the flowers also remains better in those conditions, whereas they would fade in bright sunlight.
Flowers should be removed as soon as they have faded to promote the growth of further blooms. Water in periods of drought.
Baskets, Containers, Beds and borders. Indoor Plants
The plant derives its scientific name Impatiens from the Latin for "impatient", and the common name "touch-me-not" from the plant's seed pods. When the seed pods mature, they explode when touched, sending seeds several meters away. This mechanism is also known as "explosive dehiscence".
Though Impatiens is a genus of about 900 to 1,000 species of flowering plants in the Balsaminaceae family, only a handful are readily available commercially. They include plants so breathtaking and novel to the gardening world that you would never guess they are first cousins to your familiar bedding plant impatiens.
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Packet Size 30 Seeds Family Balsaminaceae Genus Impatiens Species walleriana Cultivar Safari Mixed F2 Common Name Busy Lizzie, Touch-me-Not Hardiness Hardy Annual Flowers Reds, pink, purples and white blooms, 3cm (1½in”) wide Natural Flower Time July though to October Height 30cm (12ins) Spread 38cm (15in) Position Full sun, partial sun or shade Soil Well drained, moderately fertile. Tolerant of poor soil Time to Sow Sow indoors in late winter until late spring. Germination 7 to 14 days at 21°C (70°F) Notes Usually grown as an Annual, they can also be grown indoors.