WANTED: 'Spotted' Touch Me Not - Impatiens capensis

rootdiggernc(Z-7A NC)August 5, 2007

Does any one have seed for this or can collect it this fall? It's also known as Jewelweed and should be starting to bloom about now. We use to have it along a run off stream below an vacant wooded lot, but a neighbor across the way plowed it down for some reason and so I want to reestablish it along my bank area. I know it's hard to establish but would love to try. Thanks! D

Here is a link that might be useful: Impatiens capensis

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karen__w(z7 Durham, NC)

I've seen it in the power cut that runs behind my house. I'll keep an eye out for seed this fall.

    Bookmark   August 5, 2007 at 11:10AM
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alicia7b(z7b/8aNC)

I've had it on my place in the past -- I'll keep an eye out for it. It's been a dry year so I may or may not find some.

    Bookmark   August 5, 2007 at 2:30PM
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rootdiggernc(Z-7A NC)

Thanks Karen and Alicia!

    Bookmark   August 5, 2007 at 8:42PM
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woodsworm(7a NC)

Me too. There has been lots in the woods but I don't recall if it's spotted. I have used it for poison ivy.

    Bookmark   August 5, 2007 at 10:39PM
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squirrelspur(6B/7A NC)

Hi rootdigger, looks like you have some sources already...we always have this plant in our woods, so I can bring some seeds to the fall swap if you still need some.

squirrelspur

    Bookmark   August 6, 2007 at 6:51AM
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Ralph Whisnant(z7b-8 NC)

Deb, I have a few in pots that I can bring to the fall swap if you will help me to remember it.

    Bookmark   August 7, 2007 at 11:08PM
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rootdiggernc(Z-7A NC)

Thanks everyone! Ralph I would love the plants and any seed you all collect. I'd like to get a really nice stand of them growing in that area. It's a weed zone right now.

    Bookmark   August 12, 2007 at 9:33AM
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Tammy Kennedy

root- i have it too. i can bring seeds and or some plants, though i don't know how they'll do that time of year. they are strictly annuals, and you'd do best to scatter seed in a moist area come spring. mine's the orange with spots. there's a park up the road that normally has the yellow, but i don't know if they do this year. just let me know if you want some. thanks, t

    Bookmark   August 18, 2007 at 9:12PM
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brenda_near_eno(Z7a)

I have the orange with darker spots, but plants for spring swap would be best, since annual with lots and lots of seeds at end of season. Let me know if you want some then. Damp steam bank sounds good- it is extremely invasive for me.

    Bookmark   August 19, 2007 at 11:57AM
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rootdiggernc(Z-7A NC)

Invasive would be good down there. It stays weedy most the time with undesireables, so to have this instead would be great. I've read that they don't transplant well and they don't germinate well. Any tips?

    Bookmark   August 24, 2007 at 11:37AM
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brenda_near_eno(Z7a)

They germinate like crazy in my damp spot by hose, around hydrangeas! Damp soil, and I think seeds need to sit on top for light, to germinate. They are easy to pull out, so I have just a few plants, flowered last month, but re-budded now. So if I get seeds, I'll bring to fall swap. If not, seedlings for you in spring for sure. My first plant was given to me by a fellow gardener, who pulled out a handfull from her garden, stuck them in grocery bag, and I repotted limp, lifeless things 5 hrs later - half revived. I think wet is the key. They sure are pretty for natives.

    Bookmark   August 27, 2007 at 2:31PM
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Tammy Kennedy

wet is indeed the key. mine grow in the bog around my pond, and even along the edge where their roots can find any purchase at all- with the rest of the roots directly in the water. i can bring babies in spring, too- they tend to reseed a bit too vigorously, but are distinctive and easy to weed out. from seed, i'd just scatter the seed when you get it, since that's what would happen in nature. maybe save half and scatter some more in early spring in case any got covered up? should work fine. once you have one, you're good to go- it will take no time to take over! :)

    Bookmark   August 29, 2007 at 7:06PM
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