Impatiens Plants

Trimming Back Impatiens

Anonymous added on June 25, 2011 | Answered

I have 12 window boxes of impatiens on my deck, planted late April, and they are quite high and leggy. . . beginning to fall over. Can I cut them back to shorter stems, and will they regenerate and continue to bloom? I realize cutting back will remove all blooms, but its still early summer. If they do regenerate, about how long should it take to see new blooms?

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Answered on June 26, 2011

Too much fertilizer can cause leggy plants and reduced flowering. Pinch them back to 6 inches and they should regrow as bushier plants. Leggy plants are also fixed by trimming off the plant so that it looks more like a bush shape.

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