"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 (30°C), 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.
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