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Should I Plant Impatiens This Year?

Posted on May 2, 2017

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According to various test gardens and information from Cornell Cooperative Extension, downy mildew is still prevalent on Long Island and there is no known cure.

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Impatiens before downy mildew appears.

As the leading garden center on Long Island, we feel it is our responsibility to help stop the spread of downy mildew by suggesting alternatives to impatiens walleriana that will provide you with success with in your garden.

There are many other beautiful annuals you can plant instead of impatiens; and at Hicks, we’ve made it easy for you to spot them!

 

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Impatiens infected with downy mildew.

We have created an ‘Impatiens Replacements’ sign program to make it simple for customers to identify plants that require similar conditions to impatiens – and honestly, I think you will like some of the options even more than impatiens!

 

 

 

Here are a few of our favorites:

Bounce ImpatiensBounce™ Impatiens: These impatiens are resistant to downy mildew and are a great annual for sunny and light shade locations. Even better, the well branches plants literally “bounce” back like magic after wilt.

 

 

big_begonia_redBig®  Begonia: Provide lush, beautiful blooms in hanging baskets, mixed containers and large landscape plantings. Hybridized for long lasting color, these varieties grow up to 36 inches tall in areas of shade to sun.

 

 

New Guinea ImpatiensNew Guinea Impatiens:  A “cousin” of regular impatiens that is NOT affected by downy mildew. Grows 18-24-inches tall. New guineas are great in sun or shade and provide larger plant blooms than normal impatiens so you need to plant less.

 

 

Caladium

Caladium: Are the perfect plant to brighten a shady spot in the garden. The heart-shaped foliage is available in shades of red, pink and white. Use it in containers or border plantings. Grows 18-24-inches tall.

 

 

Coleus

Coleus: There are dozens of varieties which grow from 1-2’ all the way up to 4’. Many different shades of colors, shapes and sizes to choose from. Sun tends to fade leaves on some varieties, others it brings out the color.

 

 

Impatiens Replacements logoSo be sure to look for signs with this symbol when shopping at Hicks Nurseries for impatiens replacements. And as always, our dedicated staff is here to help you find exactly what you are looking for. For a complete list of impatiens replacements, click here.

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