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do you cut back impatiens in the winter?

Posted by stb95123 CA-Z9 (My Page) on
Tue, Sep 21, 04 at 15:20

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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RE: do you cut back impatiens in the winter?

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.

RE: do you cut back impatiens in the winter?

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.)

RE: do you cut back impatiens in the winter?

I have cut them back to stubs when they get leggy and always come back beautiful year after year.

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