How to Plant Impatiens in Pots
Impatiens are a type of flowering plant that is a popular choice for growing in pots. They are colorful, low-maintenance, and easy to care for. Follow these steps to learn how to successfully plant and care for impatiens in your pots.
Step 1: Choose the Right Size Pot
The size of the pot you choose will depend on the type and number of impatiens you would like to plant. Generally speaking, a small pot (1-2 gallons) is the right size for a single plant and a larger pot (3-5 gallons) is better for 2-3 impatiens.
Step 2: Prepare the Pot
Before planting, give the pot a good scrub using a mild soap and rinse thoroughly. This will help to ensure that the pot doesn’t harbor pests or disease. If your impatiens will be going outside, the pot should have drainage holes.
Step 3: Select the Right Soil
Impatiens prefer a soil that is light and well draining. Look for a potting soil mix that contains compost and slow-release fertilizer.
Step 4: Choose the Location
Impatiens like a bright, sunny spot but they will tolerate some shade. Make sure the pot receives at least 6-8 hours of sunlight each day.
Step 5: Plant the Impatiens
Place the impatiens in the pot and fill the pot with soil. Gently pat the soil down to remove air pockets. Water thoroughly and be sure to add water to the pot on a regular basis.
Caring for Impatiens in Pots
- Fertilize: Feed impatiens every 2-3 weeks with a liquid fertilizer.
- Prune: Prune dead or damaged leaves and spent blooms regularly to encourage new growth.
- Water: Keep the soil moist but not soggy. If your impatiens wilt, they need more water.
- Pests: Keep an eye out for aphids, spider mites, and other common pests. Treat with an insecticide if necessary.
With the right pot and a bit of care, impatiens can thrive in pots for many months. Enjoy the beautiful blooms and vibrant colors they bring to your home or garden.