They looked beautiful when I bought them a week ago. Today I went out to plant them and a lot of their leaves are off and they have white stuff on them. The leaves on the plants look alright. do you think they will be alright? I planted some but I am not sure.
The white stuff sounds like a mold or mildew...douse them good with vinegar water and see what happens.
I was at Home Depot last evening and looked at their New Guinas...theirs looked terrible and certainly not worth the 3.97 per pot they were asking.
Vera, how do I do that?
Not sure how often you watch the news but there have been MANY reported problems with downy mildew on Impatiens this year. A quick Google search will turn up numerous stories.
Find your receipt and take back a few to show them (or if you paid by credit card, they will have a record) and get your money back or store credit. They should refund cost, as they sound sick/diseased.
Jim, I thought it was just with the "regular" impatiens, not the NG. ???
I've found it on many of the NG Impatiens as well as on Wax Begonias this year. (I suspect that's because they are often displayed next to each other in the garden centers/stores.) I ended up not planting as many annuals as I normally do and even then, only planted what I can grow from seed myself.
I thought it was just the regular impatiens also. That is why I got the New Ginuea. Just my bad. Still wondering how to do the vinegar thing.
Owie, I'm sorry...just failed to get back to this post.
What I'd do is fill a spray bottle half and half with vinegar & water, then practically drown the plants with it, being sure to get the undersides of the leaves as well. Let them drip dry then check to see if the mold/mildew is still there. If possible a dousing under the kitchen sink, spraying with vinegar first, then rinsing off with the water.
This is how I do smaller houseplants that look fugly and in need of cleaning. The larger ones I set in the tub then use the hand held shower head to rinse the vinegar off.
Oh lawsey, don't use vinegar, that may kill your plant. It's an acid. Used alcohol and water for your spray. 1 TBSP rubbing alcohol or even mouthwash with alcohol & a quart of water.
That's what I use...kills all sorts of nasty bugs, scale, mealy bugs, fungus gnats, etc.
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The disease does not affect the NG impatiens. It also does not affect begonias. It specifically targets plain old impatiens. If the NG have problems it is something else. Take them back and get replacement plants. Just Google impatiens online for further info.
Are you sure they didn't get a bit of frostbite? I've got several that look that way too and I thought it was because of the cold. I hope it's not a disease!
I cleaned mine up the day I first posted this. I have not had a problem since. They all look healthy at the moment. They did not get frostbite because I moved them into the garage the night we had frost.
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