Plants and Flowers of India New Guinea Impatiens or Impatiens Hawkeri

New Guinea Impatiens (Balsam) or Impatiens hawkeri is a  beautiful flowering plant and they are much larger than any other Impatiens. And most importantly they can be grown in shade. Most of the flowering plants bloom only when exposed to full sun, but Impatiens in general bloom in shade as well. Another plant that flowers well in shade is hydrangea and of course Orchids.  Impatiens in general can be grown indoors near the window if there is sufficient sunlight. The soil should be well drained. They do not need much watering. But if you feel the soil is getting dry water the plant. It is important to keep the soil just moist.  Do not water as other plants as Impatiens are over sensitive to soggy soil.New Guinea Impatiens are a bit more Sun tolerant than common  Impatiens. These plants are perennials.  Impatiens are sensitive to cold climate their USDA hardiness zone is  9a to 11. New Guinea Impatiens need slightly acidic soil pH should be in the range of 6.1 to 6.5.
New Guinea Impatiens, Impatiens hawkeri, Balsam
Sun Exposure: Morning Sun, Afternoon Shade
Soil: Well drained but moist, Over sensitive to soggy soil
pH: 6.1 to 6.5 – Slightly acidic
Max Height: 1 feet
Drought-tolerant: No
Propagation Methods: Herbaceous stem cuttings, Seeds
Bloom Color:  Blue, Orange, Pink, Red, White
Foliage: Bronze-Green,
Duration: Perennial
Flowering Season: Summer, Late Summer
Invasive potential: Not Invasive
Pests and Diseases: Western flower thrips, Necrotic Spot Virus, Botrytis blight
Plant Character: Blooms in shade morning Sun is sufficient
USDA Hardiness Zone: 9a to 11
Uses: Hanging baskets or as Potted plants
Maintenance:  Medium
Medicinal: No

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