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Impatiens morsei

"Velvet Love" Impatiens

 

Pot size -- After 1 week, transfer your plant to a pot approximately 50% larger, with drainage holes. 

Soil -- Impatiens morsei likes fertile, well-draining soil.  A typical mix is 2 parts potting soil to 1 part perlite or coarse horticultural sand (or pumice).  If you tend to overwater your plants, use extra perlite or sand.

Watering -- Try to keep the soil evenly moist most of the time - but not constantly soggy.  Don't let the soil dry out completely.

Lighting -- Impatiens morsei prefers bright shade, or filtered sunlight.  Avoid prolonged direct sun, unless it's early-morning sun.

Climate -- This Impatiens prefers mild temperatures.  It should have a minimum of 50 degrees F (10 C) and at least about 40-50% humidity.  I have no information on how much heat it can take, but it's possible that it may not thrive if temperatures are consistently above 85 F (30C), particularly if nights are warm.  Indoors, if your room humidity gets too low, consider using an ultrasonic room humidifier, sold at home improvement stores and some thrift shops.

Fertilizing -- Your Impatiens likes average amounts of fertilizer.  Use a general-purpose fertilizer that contains micronutrients.  Follow the dosage and frequency on the package, or about every 2-3 months.

Pests to watch for -- aphids, spider mites (tiny "dots" and webbing under the leaves), whitefly, mealy bugs.  Certain spider mites cannot be seen but can cause deformities of the young leaves.  Try using insecticidal soap spray before using stronger remedies.

If you have any questions, feel free to contact me. 

Enjoy your plant!

- Jeff

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