You can use impatiens flowers as bedding plants, border plants, or in containers. They enjoy moist but well draining soil and partial to deep shade. They do not do as well in full sun, but if you would like to plant them in full sun, they will need to be acclimated to the harsher light. You can do this by exposing the impatiens plants to an increasing amount of sunlight over the course of a week.

Impatiens (Busy Lizzie)

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Once your impatiens are in the ground, they will need at least 2 inches (5 cm.) of water a week if planted in the ground. If the temperatures rise above 85 F. (29 C.), they will need at least 4 inches (10 cm.) per week. If the area where they are planted does not receive that much rainfall, you will need to water them yourself.

Impatiens plants in containers will need watering daily, and watering twice a day when temperatures rise above 85 F. (29 C.). Impatiens flowers do best if fertilized regularly. Use water soluble fertilizer on your impatiens every two weeks through spring and summer. You can also use slow release fertilizer at the beginning of the spring season and once more half way through summer. Impatiens do not need to be deadheaded. They self-clean their spent blooms and will bloom profusely all season long.

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