When I was little I thought they were called “Impatients”.
Patience is not something I hold. When I want something, I want it now. Or else. Maybe that’s why my “Impatiens” and I get along so well. They know I want pretty flowers, and I want them now!
Indoor Impatiens. Who knew? I didn’t, it just happened by chance. Oh, but I’m so happy it did. Aren’t they pretty?
I’m going to tell you how you can do this easily.
Here’s how it went down. I was on my front porch filling my urn that doesn’t receive any sun. Outdoor Impatiens are perfect for this location because they love shade, and moist soil. I plant them out there in April, and by October they are absolutely stunning, just look. You can see in this photo that they get a tiny bit of sun late in the day.
See them starting to grow over in the corner?
So, as I filled my outdoor urn, I had 3 plugs of Impatiens left over. I have no idea why I brought them inside, but I did. I ended up spotting this milk glass bowl I found at the thrift store. I figured why not plant them in there and see how they do.
These little babies thrived and the more they grew, the more I knew I was on to something beautiful and simple.
By the way…they do not attract bugs like you may think, but they can make a home for a lady bug. I found a lay bug on our wall this Winter and she lived in the plant for a couple days!
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Here’s how you do it (click on supplies to purchase on-line if desired):
- Find a pretty container that doesn’t have drainage. You can clearly see, this milk glass bowl does not have any holes. I don’t like holes because the dirt gets all over. You can add moss or stones to the bottom if you want, but I didn’t.
- Fill it with a little bit of Miracle grow soil (find that here) and plant your Impatien plugs in the soil, covering them with as much soil as you can fit into the pot.
- Place the pot in a window that receives INDIRECT SUNLIGHT-meaning no sun rays on the plant.
- Water them the first time with a mix of Miracle Grow Plant Food. I mix 1 scoop of plant food to my 1 gallon watering can. Then I water with that. Don’t over do it, just enough to get the roots and soil wet, but not soaked.
- (BEST TIP EVER) Every 3-4 days, I spray mine with my sink sprayer. They seem to love this. You will notice when they get droopy while your doing the dishes, and just give them a spray or 2. I use room temperature water because I don’t want to hurt them! They become kind of like little babies to you, trust me.
- When ever you see a yellow leaf, or brown flower, get rid of it.
- Be careful of the little “seed pod bursts” you will notice when a bloom first starts. Leave those alone. (you can see them in the photo below).
- Do #4 every season. I have skipped, and they do okay still.
- Most important tip is to make sure you water them often, but don’t soak them. Oh, and INDIRECT LIGHT!
Let me know if you try this 🙂
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