Monday, July 5, 2010

FAQ: Blue Daze and New Guinea Impatiens Together - What's Wrong?

SunPatiens - Photo Credit: National Garden Bureau

Q. I have some Blue Daze and New Guinea Impatiens growing together in a planter. The Blue Daze looks great, but the impatiens looks awful.  What's wrong?

A. You have species planted together that have different cultural requirements. Blue Daze (Evolvulus glomeratus) thrives in full sun to partial shade, soil pH between 5.6 and 6.5, and will tolerate a little dryness between watering. New Guinea Impatiens (Impatiens x hawkeri) requires partial shade to full shade, soil pH between 6.1 and 6.5, and consistently moist soil. You might grow them together if you move the container into partial shade avoiding afternoon sun, check pH to correct if necessary, and keep the soil slightly moist.

In the future, combine plants with the same cultural requirements. It'll save you time, money, and disappointment.

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