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Asked by
Anonymous on
May 28, 2011

Q. Color Fade On Flowering Plants

I have recently bought two ‘New Guinea’ plants with lots of dark green, long leaf foliage and tons of red flowers. They look a little like begonias. However, I have had them a week and their beautiful bright red color is fading to white patches on the petals. Have I overwatered or underwatered them, as I was told at the gardening centre that they require a lot of water. Or are they in too much sun?

Answered by
Nikki on
May 28, 2011
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Normally when you see white patches on a plant right after putting them out, it is sunscald. This means the nursery did not harden the plants off properly. It is kind of like a sunburn for plants. As long as they are not wilting, they will recover. In the mean time, I would move them to a slightly shadier spot and slowly move them back to the sunnier spot over the course of a week or two. This article will explain more:
https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/houseplants/hpgen/move-houseplant-outside.htm

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Asked by
Anonymous on
September 3, 2011

Q. Yellow Leaves On New Guinea Impatiens In Yard

On all of my New Guinea Impatiens, they look like impatiens but can take the heat of summer, the leaves are turning yellow. They were green for most of the summer. I just fed them the Miracle Grow bloom booster liquid food. Some returned to green but the majority are still yellow. Could I be overwatering them? It’s been 90 degrees every day this week and I’ve been watering the flower beds every morning.

Answered by
Nikki on
September 4, 2011
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There are several reasons for yellowing leaves. Overwatering is the most common. This article should help: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/plant-problems/environmental/plant-leaves-turn-yellow.htm

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Asked by
Bsulliv1 on
June 18, 2014

Q. My New Guinea Impatiens flowers seem faded

My New Guinea Impatiens seem very healthy and the flowers are plentiful. However, the new flowers are not as colorful and vibrant as they were a month ago. The color seems faded or muted. Is this normal or are they lacking something ?

The flowers are in planters. They are hanging on the patio railing. There is a roof over hang above so they are not completely open to the elements. The weather has been sunny, but not hot, so conditions seem good. The foliage is green and healthy. Far more flowers than foliage. Flower color just not as brilliant as previous month.

Answered by
theficuswrangler on
June 19, 2014
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Increased sunlight of the summer months could be responsible for flower fading.

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Asked by
Michaelmccauley07 on
May 13, 2015

Q. New Guinea impatiens

Can I grow New Guinea impatiens in pretty much an all shade area? One area gets no sun at all and the other gets afternoon sun.

Answered by
shelley on
May 13, 2015
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New Guinea impatiens do best in areas with morning sun and afternoon shade. They have a tendency to not produce as many flowers and can become leggy in full shade. Afternoon sun is the hottest of the day and there is a hybrid variety of New Guinea impatiens called Sunpatiens that would thrive in full afternoon sun.

For more information on new guinea impatiens, please visit the following link:
https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/flowers/impatiens/new-guinea-impatiens.htm

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Asked by
jr51535 on
May 13, 2015

Q. Do I need to repot a New Guinea Impatiens

It looks beautiful in its original pot. Should I repot my new guinea impatiens in a larger container (wash tub)? It’s in a 10-inch pot and is beautiful in it.

Answered by
shelley on
May 14, 2015
Certified Expert
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I have read that the recommendation is to plant new guinea impatiens in a pot that is 1.5 times the diameter of the pot it was originally purchased in. Which means, in your case, you would want to re-pot it in a 14-16" pot. The reason for upgrading the size is to allow your new guinea room to grow. Your new guinea may be thriving in the space it is in now for the size it is now but its size will surely change as will its space requirements as time goes on.

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Asked by
heleninfl on
May 19, 2015

Q. new Guinea impatiens

Leaves turning dry and crumbling.

Answered by
shelley on
May 19, 2015
Certified Expert
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Two things came to mind. Your impatiens may be getting too much sun and/or not enough water. Have you been keeping the soil moist? New Guinea impatiens do not tolerate drought very well.

For more information on new guinea impatiens, please visit the following link:
https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/flowers/impatiens/new-guinea-impatiens.htm

For more information on impatiens problems, please visit the following link:
https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/flowers/impatiens/impatiens-problems.htm

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Asked by
Anonymous on
June 27, 2015

Q. Blooms of hanging basket ALL chewed off

This morning I woke up to my new guinea impatiens hanging basket stripped of its flowers. They were all on the ground underneath the plant. Also, many blooms on the two tuberous begonias on ground. Yesterday they were fine, not ready to drop. The plants are all red also, none of my many other baskets were touched. Any ideas what this could be? I have noticed leaves on some plants cut by the cutting bees but would they also cut of flowers? Thanks for your help.

Answered by
Downtoearthdigs on
June 28, 2015
Certified Expert
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I would venture to guess that either slugs or cutworms are the culprit in question. Neem oil may help with cutworms, as well as most other insect pests. Here is more information: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/plant-problems/pests/facts-about-slugs-and-how-to-kill-garden-slugs.htm
https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/plant-problems/pests/insects/get-rid-cutworms.htm
https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/problems/pests/neem-oil-uses.htm

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