Cutting back impatiens

Bloominfun(7)July 5, 2004

My impatiens are getting leggy and I know they need to be cut back. I've never done this before, so I'm a little nervous. One article I read said to cut them back 1/3, another said to cut them back 1/2. Which is better? I would really appreciate some detailed instructions so that I don't destroy my beautiful plants! Also, what do I do for my heart failure when I cut off all my wonderful blooms?

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littleonefb(zone 5, MA)

First of all, no heart failure. You can do either or both of the following with all of the cuttings. Stick them in water and put them in a window that gets light and watch all the roots grow, them pot them up in some miracle grow potting soil. Or you can put the end of each cutting in some rooting powder and pot them in some miracle grow. Voila, plenty of new plants to have or give to friends. As for cutting back, I just cut mine back as much as I need to or looks good to my eye. Last year my daughter hacked one back to, what looked like almost nothing and in a matter of 3 weeks it was full, bushy and enormous all over again. She wanted to do it again but said no dice kid, once is more that enough. Just prune to look good to your eye, you will be fine.

    Bookmark   July 6, 2004 at 12:26AM
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I agree they are almost indestructible and still look good when very tall, but if I cut them back now, they are going to look pretty terrible for a while. Also something has begun to eat the buds: any ideas?? I will cut them back when I take them inside. Can I grow them outside until then They did great indoors last year.

    Bookmark   August 6, 2011 at 3:41PM
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