Impatiens (Impatiens) — care at home
This is one of the oldest plants grown in the indoor environment.
It comes from tropical and subtropical latitudes of Asia and Africa.
Was imported to Europe in the middle of the XVI century and since then very fond of indoor and outdoor gardeners.
Thanks rich colored flowers, Impatiens looks very decorative: almost all colors and hues (except blue) are presented in different types of this houseplant.
The texture of the petals also varied: from satin to silk, velvety and thick Terry.
The leaves of all species are almost identical in form lantsetovidnye, pointed, but differ in color: all shades of green, sometimes there are shades of brown, and leaves with whitish veins.
The stems are fragile: sometimes you need to back them. Flowering lasts very long: from June to October.
Location and lighting
Photophilous flower, although in General very sensitive to lighting conditions. Only a few light hours a day stimulate rapid flowering. But direct sunlight is better pritenyat.
Impatiens – loving plant. Does not tolerate frost. And even a prolonged stay at temperatures below +15°C leads to leaf fall.
In winter, the plant should provide a temperature range from +15-20°C. Summer can carry up to +25°C.
Watering and humidity
This water-loving flower. Summer watering should be abundant – you can water daily. Winter is moderate, but not allowing drying of the soil.
The plant is sensitive to humidity. In the hot season have to be sprayed, keeping the flowers from falling drops.
Also a pot of flowers to put in the tray of wet gravel. Periodically, it is recommended to wash the leaves.
Feed should be in the spring and summer season organic and mineral fertilizers once in two weeks.
Nitrogen fertilizer to give in limited quantities, as they may cause active growth by delaying flowering.
Transplantation and propagation
Transplantation can be done only occasionally, as is Impatiens blooms better in close to the pot. Propagated plant cuttings.
In the spring of apical shoots length of 10 cm root in water or moist sand and then transplanted into a pot.
Diseases and pests
The lack of moisture in the flower may be subjected to attack of spider mites, aphids and whiteflies. The plant should be soaked in soapy solution and then hold it under the shower. Failure to comply with the conditions of detention of affected Botrytis.