How to Winterize Impatiens
Known as "impatiens", jewelweed or just touch-me-not, these plants, which come in different colors, are very common in terraces and gardens. Coming from tropical areas, in winter it is necessary to take into account some considerations for these plants so they manage to survive at low temperatures. If you want to know how to winterize Impatiens, do not miss this OneHowTo article.
First of all, in order to winterize impatiens, it is important to see if your species of impatiens are plants from tropical areas, which will not fare well with cold temperatures and winter. For proper growth, these plants require a minimum temperature of 13 ° C (55°F). So if you live in a region with very cold weather and lots of frost, then it will be difficult for the plant to survive outside.
Thus, you may need to keep the plants inside your home or greenhouse, in order to ensure a relatively high temperature. Still, it is important to know that the plants should not be directly exposed to artificial heating or heat outlets.
Dig the plant carefully so that the roots don't break and get rid of the remaining soil from the roots. Transplant into a pot with drainage holes and fill it with soil once again. Place the impatiens near a window or a place with high lighting levels in order for it to keep growing.
As to watering the impatiens plants during the winter season, they only need a watering once a week or whenever the top soil is dry, because it is a very fleshy plant capable of retaining water. Watering your impatiens too much would just make the roots rot.
Most impatiens during winter will be at rest, and that is due to the winter flowering when temperatures hit more than 16 ° C (60°F). In the event that your impatiens bear flowers at this time, you should continue watering them. They also require some sunlight to preserve the flowers.
It will be essential to take measures during the winter to prevent red spiders attacking your floral friends at home. To do this, you should consult your garden store about a plant protection product to help you avoid such pests before it is too late.
In addition to our OneHowTo article on how to care for your impatiens plants during the rest of the year, we suggest consulting the OneHowTo advice here on how to look after Jasmine in winter.
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- There is no need to add fertilizer to impatiens during winter.