2nd rescue attempt

noinwiNovember 27, 2005

Ok, earlier this year, I brought back an impatien from the brink that I'd gotten from a neighbor(my first impatien). A few neighbors in the building asked me to put it in our community room for the winter instead of keeping it in my apartment, and I agreed as long as they would take care of it, as I don't spend much time in the community room. Well, I wandered in there earlier and found the plant with one puny bloom, wet soil, rubbery stems hanging over the pot sides, and loaded with spider mites. Needless to say I confiscated it. I put it in my bathtub, sprayed it with Safer's soap(it's all I have), and flushed the soil with H2O2 laced water. Was this ok? Is there anything else I can do? Thanks in advance for any help.

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MrImpatiens(Zone 9 CA)

You just have to sit back and wait now. Im a little concerned with the wet soil and rubbery stems. If it perked back up that is a good sign. If it didnt it may have gotten rot and its a goner. If you still have some stems with leave on them that are fairly healthy, you could make cuttings and save it that way.

    Bookmark   November 27, 2005 at 5:13PM
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noinwi

Thanks, MrImpatiens,
Not all of the stems are limp, but there has been a lot of leaf drop. I placed it near a window with supplemental light from a compact flourescent bulb. I'll just be patient and hope it bounces back.

    Bookmark   November 28, 2005 at 1:52PM
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noinwi

My plant didn't make it. It shriveled stem by stem. Thank you for your help, though.

    Bookmark   December 12, 2005 at 10:55AM
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MrImpatiens(Zone 9 CA)

At least you tried that is the important thing. The good thing about Impatiens is, they are easy to replace. At least the common ones that is. Just be glad you dont have one like I do that is the only one in the US and is extinct in the wild. This one is called Impatiens clavicalcar and looks like a large yellow I. niamniamensis or Congo Cockatoo.

    Bookmark   December 13, 2005 at 12:41AM
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noinwi

I'd crack under pressure like that. I applaud you. Is there any program in the works to try to re-introduce the rare ones back into the wild? It's sad when plants are over harvested from the wild. I remember growing up in the PNW all the native rhododendrons that could be seen along the roads. Now they are extremely rare. Good luck with your Impatiens. It sounds beautiful.

    Bookmark   December 13, 2005 at 3:22PM
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MrImpatiens(Zone 9 CA)

Impatiens clavicalcar was over harvested but flat out destroyed. The area it came from was turned into farm land. But it may still be around in a near by area.

    Bookmark   December 14, 2005 at 8:49PM
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