Anyone growing impatiens walleriana - 2014? How are they doing?
As most of you probably know, impatiens walleriana (and possibly New Guinea impatiens also) has been struck by a deadly disease called Impatiens Downey Mildew (IDM). Until this disease hit, I�d been relying on impatiens to add brightness to an area of deep shade in my yard. I really would like to grow them again. Because of this, I�m tracking how impatiens are faring, including how they�re doing in home gardens this summer, but I�m having a difficult time. Mostly I�m only finding a comment here and there on various forums.
I�m wondering if we could make this thread a central place for people to report their own experience, and that of people they know, with growing impatiens during the summer of 2014? And, to report any announcements of scientifically-developed cures or the development of IDM-resistant impatiens. And, to report the discovery of DIY cures or methods to combat this disease.
I know that growers have taken careful steps in an attempt to supply local plant nurseries with impatiens that are free of downy mildew. Is it working? Are impatiens in home gardens IDM-free this summer? I�m not growing them this year (the ones I had last year were killed by IDM within 2-3 weeks after I bought them), but I know other people are because impatiens were widely available at stores and plant nurseries in Raleigh NC this spring. I�m wondering how these impatiens are doing, but I don�t know anyone who bought them.
If you�ve had experience with impatiens walleriana or New Guinea impatiens this year, or know someone who has, would you please report how the plants are doing? If you bought plants, but lost them to IDM, would you please post about it here (and accept my sympathy)? If you�re successfully growing them would you tell us now and then come back occasionally to give us an update?
You can probably tell I�m very interested in this - it�s just an indication of how much I want to be able to grow impatiens again. I will appreciate any information.