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by susanmwood on July 31, 2006 06:17 PM
I have been watering plants for someone over the past month while they are out of town. The red star impatiens have been doing fine until about a week ago. Now they are looking horrible--all shriveled. I've been watering them every two to three days. I am thinking that this hasn't been enough, but I'm wondering if getting the leaves wet has anything to do with it (I know this is a concern with snapdragons). Anyone have a thought? Thanks very much!
by eClaire on August 01, 2006 11:48 AM
impatients are very water hungry in my yard, if i don't water them every day they start to wilt and look quite pathetic. they perk right back up with water though - i would try increasing your h20 and see what happens.

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by patches1414 on August 01, 2006 06:37 PM
I don't know where you live or what zone you are in, [dunno] but I'm located in zone 5 and I have to water my Impatiens every day. [Wink] Now with this heat wave if I don't water them twice a day they shrivel up and look horrible, [Eek!] so I'm thinking yours are not getting enough water. [thinker] I've always sprayed my Impatiens leaves and all and it's never caused a problem for me. [thumb]

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by susanmwood on August 02, 2006 06:00 AM
Thank you for the suggestions. I have been watering them daily now and they look amazingly better. What a relief that I didn't kill someone else's plants!
by patches1414 on August 02, 2006 06:56 AM
Always glad to help out a fellow gardener. I'm glad to learn they are doing better. [thumb] Impatiens usually respond and come back quickly when they get a good drink of water. [Wink]

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