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Parrot Impatiens "Hare's Hybrid"

Impatiens niamniamensis

 

Soil -- Your Impatiens likes well-draining soil.  A typical mix is 2 parts potting soil to 1 part perlite.  An alternate mix is 1 part peat moss or coir fiber to 1 part perlite, with some slow-release fertilizer mixed in. 

Pot size -- Repot your plant to about a 1 gallon container that has drainage holes.   It may eventually need to be transferred to a 3 gallon container if you let it grow to full size.

Transplanting -- Transplant gently to avoid damaging the roots.  After transplanting, do not pack down the soil.  Shade the plant from sun for the first 3 weeks.

Watering -- While this Impatiens appreciates moisture, the soil should not be perpetually saturated either.

Light -- This Impatiens doesn't need much direct sun - just bright light.  It grows well in morning + late afternoon sun, or tree-filtered sun all day.  Shade it from hot, afternoon sun. 

Climate -- The ideal temperature is between 50 and 85 degrees, with cool nights. In warmer areas, avoid placing it in areas where heat can collect, like near a sunny wall.  Protect your plant from all frost.  You may grow it indoors, provided that the air isn't too dry.  If the humidity is below around 40%, consider using a room humidifier if it seems to suffer.

Fertilizing -- Feed about every 2-3 months with an all-purpose fertilizer that contains micronutrients. 

Pests to watch for -- aphids, mealy bugs, scale, fungus gnats.

Have fun growing it!  

- Jeff

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