impatiens mystery

hispoesisSeptember 8, 2012

I have had masses of impatiens all summer. Every year they just spring up, "volunteers" in all colors. Suddenly about two weeks ago, I only have bare stems with a few leaves at the top and here and there a single blossom! Huge plants are only bare stems! What is most odd is that I can see no fallen leaves! What happened to them? Could it be downy mildew (read about on this Forum). We have have had a wet, humid Spring. I live in Central Virginia.

Thanks very much!

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Sounds like what happened to mine!!I live in Portsmouth to Norfolk VA.I hope mine did this because of the wet soil and not mildew!See my post on drowning impatiens...

    Bookmark   September 12, 2012 at 10:54AM
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Thanks so much, Violetvamp. It's nice to know my experience is not unique! Where do I find your post on drowning impatiens. I am new to this site.

    Bookmark   September 12, 2012 at 11:10AM
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Hispoesis,My post titled "Drowning Impatiens" is on the Forum a few posts above yours.I went out to look and I did find some downy mildew on some potted impatiens (which are also now dying)!!There is a good article on the post on this forum titled "Sick Impatiences"(spelling is wrong).Scroll down and read the comments and you will see one with a link called "Downy mildew".Click on that and it takes you to an informative article on the impatiens problem!!By the way what does "hispoesis" mean?

    Bookmark   September 12, 2012 at 1:11PM
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mistascott(7A VA)

I haven't seen a healthy looking impatiens (walleriana) plant in my area for a couple months. Downy mildew appears to be pretty widespread.

    Bookmark   September 28, 2012 at 8:57PM
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That's awful about the disease epidemic of downy mildew.

I've read where incorporating vermicompost into the potting medium helps boost immunity to several plant diseases. I wonder if it would be effective against this disease?

    Bookmark   February 15, 2013 at 5:26PM
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