do you cut back impatiens in the winter?

stb95123(CA-Z9)September 21, 2004

Hi all,

This isn't my usual forum but I did search and didn't quite find an answer. The house we just moved into has a big bed of impatiens that have been giving beautiful color for the past 4-5 months. But now that fall is approaching, I'm not sure what to do. Do I just let them run their course? Do I cut them back at sometime? Should I expect them to come up next year (I think I've read from some of you that many do come back) or should I plan on replanting?

I'm not sure what kind they are, but they seem like the standard sorts I see at Home Depot and all that.

Thanks for any advice.


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MrImpatiens(Zone 9 CA)

I would say let them run their course. They may survive if you dont cut them back I believe. Its iffy in your zone it depends on the winter. I have even heard NGIs surviving sometimes.

    Bookmark   September 21, 2004 at 8:42PM
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I take cuttings in fall, so I can enjoy them as houseplants. Then I can replant in spring. Impatiens root very easily in water. I sometimes put a two inch piece of willow branch in the water to help rooting, but it's not neccessary.

One year my impatiens actually got too cold in the house, when we had a sudden cold spell, but you won't have that issue in CA, Z9.

Not my usual forum either, but I may just hang out here too! I love impatiens!! (double pink is my all-time favorite.)

    Bookmark   September 23, 2004 at 8:38AM
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I have cut them back to stubs when they get leggy and always come back beautiful year after year.

    Bookmark   September 23, 2004 at 2:46PM
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