Fertilizer for Impatiens

marylynh1(So Cal)April 6, 2004

The instructions to grow Impatiens say to use an evenly balanced fertilizer. What is considered an evenly balanced fertilizer? I have Stern's Miracle gro which I think is 15-30-15. Is this OK? How much to a gallon of water?

Thanks, Marylyn

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morz8(Washington Coast Z8b)

An evenly balanced fertilizer would be something like Peters 20-20-20 (my personal favorite)or for another example a formula of 14-14-14....meaning equal amounts of N-P-K.

    Bookmark   April 6, 2004 at 9:46PM
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marylynh1(So Cal)

Thanks so much.


    Bookmark   April 6, 2004 at 9:52PM
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marylyn, while you're at it, am told to use half of what the package recomends. they'd like for you to use it faster...

regards, dick

    Bookmark   April 18, 2004 at 11:28AM
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I was informed this year NOT to fertilize Impatiens, even from the seedling stage. I was surprised to hear this, and sure enough it is listed in both the Park Seed and Stokes Seed catalogs not to fertilize. It causes the plant foliage to grow at the expense of flowers.

I grew some Tempo Butterfly Impatiens late in the season just to test this. Sure enough, they are blooming perfectly, and have never had one bit of fertilizer.

Who would have known that one on their own, huh?!

    Bookmark   July 1, 2004 at 11:47PM
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I purchased a small tub of fertilizer 10-50-10 to plan for my container garden. The containers have mixes of climbing roses, skyrocket junipers, clematis, and lilies. I am currently growing impatiens and petunias indoors before adding to those containers. Did I purchase the right fertilzer for a bloom fest over the spring and summer?

    Bookmark   March 13, 2010 at 9:30AM
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