Sick double impatiens

Brandy80June 1, 2012

I have two double impatiens that aren't doing well. When I bought them, the leaves were a beautiful dark green and very dense. I planted in a flower bed under a tree in my front yard so they get part shade, part sun. They are now spindly and a yellow green color. The lady at the nursery where I bought them said it sounded like I was over watering them, and to feed them. I've quit watering so much, and gave them some miracle grow, but they still look the same. I'm afraid I'm going to lose them soon. Help!

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Usually yellow leaves mean overwatering or underwatering or lack of fertilizer. If you have been watering often let them dry out completely.

Then again it may be the location you chose. Planting under any tree is not a good idea. A perennial may survive but an annual doesn't have the roots to compete with tree roots for moisture and nutrients

    Bookmark   June 1, 2012 at 6:04PM
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mistascott(7A VA)

Perhaps the dreaded downy mildew. Look for white on the underside of the leaves. If you find it, the plants have to be trashed and the soil cannot be used again for impatiens because the spores can overwinter.

Here is a link that might be useful: Downy Mildew

    Bookmark   August 5, 2012 at 10:39PM
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