What Are Sunpatiens?
How To Plant Sunpatiens In Garden Beds
Sunpatiens are small plants that grow from the ground and they have very long stems. They are native to India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Nepal.
There are many varieties of sunpatiens but most of them resemble each other in terms of their shape and size. Most of these types of sunpatiens are called Indian or Nepalese sunflowers.
They come in different colors such as yellow, orange, red, pink and purple. Some varieties have flowers that are greenish blue or even white.
They grow up to 2 feet tall and 1 foot wide. Their leaves can be either straight or wavy like a fan; they can also be arranged into a crown with multiple petals.
The flowers are used in various ways. They can be eaten raw, cooked or dried and used as incense sticks.
Other uses include making tea, making medicine, dyeing fabrics and paper, and so much more! The seeds are edible too but they must not be eaten until after the seedlings have grown at least 3 inches high. Seeds can also be used as food for birds and insects.
How To Grow Sunpatiens In Your Garden Bed?
Sunpatiens enjoy full sunlight. If the garden bed does not get enough light then the sunpatiens will produce fewer flowers and less leaves. Sunpatiens need a lot of sunlight or they will wither. It is suggested that you plant sunpatiens in soil that has been cleared of other plants. The best way to plant sunpatiens is directly into the soil. In order to do this, spend a few days preparing the soil.
First rake the soil thoroughly and break up any clumps. Then loosen the soil with a shovel and turn over the entire area so that you have loose soil mixed with decayed leaves and other organic material.
After this is done, wait a few days for the soil to settle. During this time, add decayed leaves and grass cuttings to the surface of the soil. This will help to condition the soil and provide a fertile environment for growing sunpatiens. Wait until the soil is completely dry before you plant sunpatiens in the garden bed.
The next step is to make furrows, or narrow trenches, along either side of the row that you made in the soil. Make these furrows about 4 inches deep and 8 inches wide.
Now place a sunpatiens seed in each furrow with the sprout pointing upwards. Gently cover the seed with soil and pat down the soil lightly with your hands. Keep the soil moist and do not water so much that it runs off.
Weed regularly and do not deadhead or remove any dying flowers. In order to get the maximum number of sunpatiens flowers for eating, cut off the entire stem when it is just beginning to turn yellow.
This will encourage side shoots to grow in its place. Begin doing this every few weeks.
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