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How to Grow SunPatiens - Unstoppable Flower Power for Sun or Shade

How to Grow SunPatiens - Unstoppable Flower Power for Sun or Shade

By GrowJoy
Photographs courtesy of GrowJoy

Thinking of adding some color to your shady spots and wondering how to grow SunPatiens? Besides making a great choice for your shady flower bed, you’re also in the right spot for growing tips!

Not only are SunPatiens® the first impatiens that can grow in full sun or shade, they also can’t be beat for easy care and non-stop color. And aside from regular watering, they are virtually maintenance free. So plant them, step back and enjoy the exceptional performance.

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How to Grow SunPatiens

SunPatiens can be grown in baskets and containers and as bedding plants in flower beds.

With their strong, durable root systems, SunPatiens grow quickly and fill in fast. They also offer sturdy stems that can tolerate high heat and humidity, rain, and adverse weather conditions. And these disease-resistant plants aren’t affected by downy mildew!

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How Much Sun?

The location can receive either full sun or as little as a few hours of sunlight. The variegated leaf varieties are great options for locations with heavier shade. For the best performance, plant your SunPatiens in a well-drained spot. If you have clay soil, amend it with peat or compost when transplanting.

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Watering SunPatiens

During the first few weeks following transplant, don’t allow the soil around the SunPatiens to dry out. If they happen to wilt, increase the amount of water you’re applying. It’s best to do the watering early in the day so that it has time to really sink in before the heat of the day evaporates it. If mulch is used, avoid mounding too much close to the base of the plants, as this could cause stem rot.

SunPatiens do not require much fertilizer. If a liquid fertilizer is used, only apply 1/3 of the recommended rate and don’t apply more than every two to three weeks. If a slow-release fertilizer is used in the soil, apply at half the rate. Too much fertilizer will result in less flower production and leaf-tip burn.

In most cases, SunPatiens should not be cut back to control their size, but if they get taller than desired by late summer, they can be cut back by taking off the top 1/3 of growth. New leaves and flowers will cover old blooms, so there is no need to remove old flowers or cut off older growth.

Now that you know how to grow, you just need to choose your SunPatiens. Browse our SunPatiens selection here, and read up on the different type of SunPatiens. Now get ready to enjoy the unstoppable flower show these SunPatiens will put on for you!


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