"True Blue" Impatiens
Please be careful removing your plant from it's packaging.
Pot size -- You can start your plant in a 1 gallon pot and then later transfer it to a 2-3 gallon pot when it's rooted through.
Soil -- Like most Impatiens, this one likes moist, fertile, well-draining soil. A typical mix is 1 part potting soil or coir fiber with 1 part perlite or coarse horticultural sand.
Transplanting -- Transplant carefully to avoid damaging the delicate roots. After transplanting, water it until moist (but not soggy. Don't pack the soil down.
If your plant happens to arrive wilted, leave it in its original pot for a few days with no direct sun, until it perks up. Placing a plastic bag over it will speed the recovery. Give no fertilizer until new growth appears.
Watering -- Your plant likes evenly-moist conditions, but soggy soil should be avoided. You may want to use a moisture meter probe, which you can buy inexpensively most garden and hardware stores. Depending on how much light you give it, the plant may dry out unexpectedly if it's not kept moist.
Lighting -- It likes dappled sun or morning sun + bright shade. Prolonged afternoon sun may burn it.
Climate -- It grows best between 50 and 85 degrees F (10-29°C), with nights that are cool. It reportedly can tolerate warmer conditions with warm nights, although i cannot guarantee it. The foliage might be able to tolerate a light, brief frost, but it is best to protect the plant from all frost. Over about 40% humidity is recommended.
Fertilizing -- Your Impatiens likes average amounts of fertilizer. Feed about every 2 months with a slow-release (granular or organic) fertilizer.
It's normal for an older leaf to occasionally turn yellow and drop, but if it seems excessive, the plant may need more fertilizer, particularly nitrogen, or the soil may be too dry down in the root zone.
Pruning -- You may cut back unwanted branches if desired. Try not to remove too many branches at one time.
Pests to watch for -- Scale (little brown disks on the stems - very hard to see!), aphids, spider mites (tiny "dots" under the leaves), whitefly, mealy bugs.
If you have any questions, feel free to email me.
Enjoy your plant!
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