Impatiens are gorgeous plants that can make a difference in any garden. These are shade-loving plants so they are ideal for all those shaded corners in a garden, as well as places under the trees or around rocks. Impatiens add so much color to any garden so they are a great choice for those who want to have a vibrant garden without spending too much time on gardening.

However, some people want to grow impatiens as potted plants. While they make a popular choice in the garden, they can also work great as container plants on patios, balconies and decks. It is even possible to grow them indoors on windowsills.

Impatiens as Potted Plants

Many people see impatiens as garden-only plants but they actually make excellent potted plants. If you wish to grow impatiens in containers you can sure do so by following a few simple steps.

One of the main reason people choose to grow impatiens as potted plants even outdoors is the possible tree-root interference. This can often happen if you grow your impatiens near trees. To avoid this problem, grow your impatiens in containers. Remember: you don’t have to take your plants indoors. You can grow them as potted plants in your garden.

It is useful to keep these potted impatiens in various areas of your garden. Wherever you encounter a possible problem from a tree or a shrub, use containers. Shrub and tree roots can endanger impatiens if they are grown directly in the soil, so this is a perfect way to avoid this problem. On the other hand, if there is no danger from trees and shrubs you may grow your impatiens directly in the ground.

How to Grow Impatiens in a Container?

Dwarf varieties of impatiens are ideal as potted plants. You can grow them in 5 inch pots and they will thrive. Each plant will cover a 5 inch container nicely. This is a great way to provide some color for specific areas in your garden. Of course, you may also use these potted impatiens for patios or balconies, as long as you keep them in shade.

One important thing you need to keep in mind is moisture. Impatiens require plenty of moisture. To maintain that level of moisture in your potted plants, you may use a bit of mulch. Other than that, potted impatiens, as well as those grown in the ground, do not require special care. They will thrive in shadowy areas and provide plenty of color well into the fall. You can expect them to bloom until the first frost.

Use Liquid Fertilizer

One important note for those who wish to grow impatiens in containers. Make sure to feed your plants regularly with a liquid fertilizer. This will help your impatiens thrive and grow to the fullest.

However, it is important to be careful. Make sure to use only mild dilution of a balanced fertilizer. Too strong fertilizer might burn your plants. On the other hand, the fertilizer needs to be balanced to provide your impatiens with all the nutrients they need to grow and stay healthy.

Make sure to apply liquid fertilizer at three-week intervals. Do not forget to do this but also make sure not to overuse the fertilizer. A bit of a mild liquid fertilizer every three weeks will make your potted impatiens thrive.

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