Impatiens Plants

Impatiens Disease

dgbentle added on April 27, 2015 | Answered

My impatiens all died last year. I heard that there was a fungus killing them and there is no cure. Are the impatiens this year safe to plant or will they also die?

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Answered on April 27, 2015

If your purchasing plants from a reputable nursery or garden center, they should be able to inform you about the health of the plants they are selling.
Plants can appear healthy at purchase but become susceptible to the air born fungus downy mildew.
Many growers are producing impatient varieties that are resistant to disease. If you love the plant it may be worth searching out these varieties.
If your unsure of the health of the plants I would choose another shade loving annual to enjoy.

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