Impatients (Annual flowers)

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Impatients (Annual flowers)

Post by elieandjack » Thu Sep 06, 2012 8:54 pm

I live in Red Lion, Pennsylvania. I am wondering if you can tell me what is wrong with the Inpatients this year. As I walk around the neighborhood and visit my friends in other parts of the county I notice that everyone seems to have the same problem. They look very naked because they have healthy looking stems but very few leaves and flowers, if any at all. I usually have them growing very profusely, but this year it is very different. I am very interested to know if you know the reason for this problem. Thank you very much, Elinor Wiley

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Re: Impatients (Annual flowers)

Post by lorijones » Tue Sep 11, 2012 4:06 pm

The problem you are seeing is undoubtedly caused by impatiens downy mildew. This fungal disease is very serious and has become fairly widespread in the past few years. It has been devastating crops of impatiens in many areas of the country affecting both containerized plants and landscape plantings. The weather this year has been conducive to the spread of this disease. Preventative applications of fungicides have been somewhat successful but once a plant is infected, control is virtually impossible. Infected plants should be bagged up and removed along with all dropped leaves. Do not compost - dispose of this in the trash. Consider planting other shade tolerant annuals that are not susceptible to this fungal disease. Some suggestions are: New Guinea Impatiens, coleus, begonia, torenia, perilla, browallia, fuchsia, and lobelia.

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