Real World Gardener Sunpatiens are Plane of the Week

April 12th, 2015

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WITH Jeremy Critchley owner and Karen Smith editor

proxy?url=http%3A%2F%2F1.bp.blogspot.comA friend of mine was keen on planting New Guinea impatiens –the dark leaved ones with one flowers every year.

But over the last few years he found that the ones he bought, turned to mush because of a prevalent fungal disease that these plants became prone to.


The disease was downy mildew and for a few years, nurseries stopped stocking these plants because the disease had become such a problem.

It just wasn’t worth their while trying to grow plants that would always develop the disease.

Now there’s an alternative variety that looks the same, flowers much better and doesn’t have disease problems.

Listen to the podcast to find out more

proxy?url=http%3A%2F%2F2.bp.blogspot.comAs Karen mentioned, the old fashioned impatiens were Impatiens wallerana, but these sun hardy impatiens are Impatiens hawkeri- so a different species, but still impatiens.

SunPatiens provide three times as much coverage and colour as standard bedding plants in the same space, so you save money.

SunPatiens thrive in full sun and shade, so you don’t have to worry where to plant them.

A single planting provides three seasons of colour with NO maintenance besides regular watering.

SunPatiens are unaffected by Downy Mildew so are a natural choice for colour in shady areas

Strong roots develop fast so plants are quick to grow and fill in.

Strong, weather-tolerant plants hold up to wind and rain.

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