Have not been on the board for a while and I am very happy to see the all the familiar names.
I would like to know what everyone is planting instead of impatients this year.
I usually plant them around trees. Planning go to the nursery this weekend and see what they have.
I sure will miss my impatients.
I don't know yet for sure...I may go with begonias, they were a nice addition last year.
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I've done begonias & geraniums so far and I'm trying some new stuff, but don't ask the names. The little tags are out in my garden house & I don't remember.
I did get some mini zinnias, they are in pots & doing good so far.
Our Lowes has impatients, but I wouldn't buy any, not after last year.
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I was at Lowe's a few days ago and they had tons of impatiens. Wasn't interested so I didn't look closely to see what kind.
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I'll do my usual million bells and bacopa for pots, along with geraniums and begonias. For shade I'll stick with my caladiums.
VE: do you have to plant the caladium tubers every year? Or will they over winter in the ground? I potted up about 20 of them last week, hoping to get a head start up here.
We still have snow on the ground and it's pretty depressing. But I get dreaming as everyone here talks about what's coming up and all the pics. Keep em coming. A northerner can dream....
Nance, Not Vera, but you're in MN which is cold-don't think they'd ovewrwinter. I believe she's a z7 and you may be a 5?....
Correct Jan..but even for me, they do not overwinter. I dig my bulbs in the fall before frost and let them dry in brown paper bags over the winter...in late Feb I start potting them up again. I usually buy a bag or two each spring at Wal Mart and pot them up too. Just love them and mine never seem to multiply enough over the summer to have all that I want.
I think you have to be very tropical, like where Z9 lives before they are winter hardy.
Most of my shade pots I have planted with Coral Bells. I have totally fallen in love with them. They stay in color through the winter & I won't have to plant those pots again.
My neighborhood green house is loaded with impatiens. I am taking a chance & buying some. I didn't have any problems last year.This message has been edited. Last edited by: patty louise,
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I generally only buy the New Guinea ones and I don't think they are the ones with the problems.
You're right. I leave the caladiums in the ground...they come up every year in May. I bought about 14 large white impatiens for the wedding in 2011. They are still growing in the same pots. I cut them back and feed them, and they just start all over again.
If it gets below 30 for a night or two, I put them in the shed.This message has been edited. Last edited by: zone9alady,
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When I had ash trees in the backyard I planted torenia. They have cultivars in colors other than purple. The link is to Google page of images of torenia.
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