How To Grow Impatiens Plants?
Impatiens plants are one of the most popular houseplants. They have a very long history and they still continue to thrive today. There are many different kinds of impatiens plants available in the market today. However, there is only one kind that is considered the best: African violet (Viola odorata).
African violets grow from bulbs or offsets and produce white flowers with pink centers when mature. Their leaves are oval shaped and their petioles are hairy. These plants require bright light but not direct sunlight.
The African violet plant is native to Africa, India, South America and Australia. They prefer moist soil and can tolerate dry conditions if they receive enough water during the day. When growing African violets indoors it’s best to keep them well watered at all times.
If they get too wet, they will die back because of lack of moisture.
They like to stay near a window so that they can see the sun throughout the day. You can place them in a tray filled with pebbles or sand. Watering your African violets regularly helps prevent wilting and leaf drop.
African violets that are not watered enough will experience dry leaves, yellow leaves or brown leaves. The best time to water your African violets is in the early morning.
If the temperature is too low, say less than 60 degrees Fahrenheit, the African violet will not be able to bloom properly. Sometimes African violets can’t take the cold and will go into hibernation even when they’re watered regularly. These plants do not like direct sunlight and prefer dappled sunlight that comes through the clouds.
African violet leaves will burn if placed in the direct sunlight. Even though African violets are considered low-maintenance plants, they still require basic care.
If you’re an African violet lover or you’re just beginning, it’s best to purchase these plants from a reputable garden center. Look for plants with thick stalks and vibrant flowers. Pick one that you really like because these plants have a tendency to bloom and die suddenly.
African violets are not considered easy to grow, but they’re not impossible either. All it takes is a little maintenance here and there.
What Do Impatiens Plants Look Like?
The impatiens plants are in the balsam family and they are originally from Africa as well as Asia. There are more than 200 different kinds of impatiens and they are very easy to grow. They can be grown from seeds, but they can also be propagated by cuttings as well as with root division. In fact, the most common way of growing them is by rooting cutting from another existing plant.
The flowers on an impatiens plant can either be single or double. They come in a wide range of colors with the most popular being purple, pink and white. The petals on these flowers have a sticky substance on them so that bees can easily get to the nectar.
The flowers are very small and the leaves tend to be larger in size. The reason for this is so that they attract smaller insects that cannot easily reach the flowers. However, there is a type of impatiens plant that has flowers that are the same size as the leaves.
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