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Impatiens morsei

"Velvet Love" Impatiens

 

Pot size -- After 1 week, transfer your plant to a pot approximately 50% larger, with drainage holes. 

Soil -- Impatiens morsei likes fertile, well-draining soil.  A typical mix is 2 parts potting soil to 1 part perlite or coarse horticultural sand (or pumice).  If you tend to overwater your plants, use extra perlite or sand.

Watering -- Try to keep the soil evenly moist most of the time - but not constantly soggy.  Don't let the soil dry out completely.

Lighting -- Impatiens morsei prefers bright shade, or filtered sunlight.  Avoid prolonged direct sun, unless it's weak sun.

Climate -- This Impatiens prefers mild temperatures.  It should have a minimum of 50 degrees F (10 C) and at least about 40-50% humidity.  I have no information on how much heat it can take, but it's possible that it may not thrive if temperatures are consistently above 85 F (30C), particularly if nights are warm.  If your plant seems to suffer from low humidity indoors, consider using an ultrasonic room humidifier, sold at home improvement stores and thrift shops.

Fertilizing -- It likes average amounts of fertilizer.  Use a general-purpose fertilizer that contains micronutrients, following the instructions on the package.

Pests to watch for -- aphids, spider mites, mealy bugs.  Try using insecticidal soap spray before using stronger remedies.

If you have any questions, feel free to contact me. 

Enjoy your plant!

- Jeff

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