Impatiens toxicity ? and growing in a terrarium

bonobottOctober 3, 2008

Hello to all,

I am fond of botanic impatiens and reptiles

I plan on combining both by growing different species of impatiens (hians, mackeyana / claeri, bicaudata, morsei, niamniamensis plus anyother one I can get my hands on) in a terrarium that would also host chameleons.

Though chameleons are normally insect-eaters, they can occasionnaly munch on a plant leaf.

So I'm wondering whether impatiens are toxic to animals.

My other question regards lighting : I plan on using a 150w HQI/MH lamp to light the terrarium.

Do you think it will cover my plants needs ?

Last question : ambient humidity in a chameleon terrarium needs to be pretty high ; would this be ok for my plants too ? (I think so but would rather have it confirmed)

Thanks in advance for your replies



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MrImpatiens(Zone 9 CA)


It sounds good to me. Impatiens are not toxic plants but I heard one time they were for rabbits. You can eat the plants yourself but I dont think they will by very tasty. Impatiens will like the humidity as long as it is really hot ideal temps would be around 75-78f. Impatiens come mostly from montaine forests in tropical areas but the ones you mentioned seem to take heat a little more then most. Some of the those are fairly large species so you will need a large enclosure. The lighting I really couldnt tell you as I dont grow mine under lights but it sounds good. If they stretch that diffidently means its not bright enough.

    Bookmark   October 6, 2008 at 8:51PM
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Thaks a lot for your reply.
You are one of the few persons who, through your website, inadvertently made me dive into the world of those wonderful plants.
It started out when I first saw a niamniamensis long time ago but at that time I hadn't been able to get it.
Then 2 years ago I came accross another one, bought it, started to document about this family of plants and discovered the magnificent species it covers.
Anyway, let me stop the rambling.


    Bookmark   October 8, 2008 at 9:03AM
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MrImpatiens(Zone 9 CA)


That is good to hear. It's nice to hear that the web site is working well.
Good growing

    Bookmark   October 12, 2008 at 1:46PM
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