Thursday, March 10, 2011

Impatient Impatien

Among the plants I am overwintering are three impatien cuttings I started last fall.  Spring is close, but they won't go outside for more than a month.  I have a nice container chosen for the impatiens to live in this year.  Well, one of the impatien cuttings has decided that it can't wait to move outside.  It is blooming now.


  1. In a month you will have a fine plant to move outdoors at this rate.

  2. I am winter over some, also. When they look lanky, have you ever tryed to cut them back? Just wondering if that would work?

  3. Oh I didn't know that they would overwinter well. They do look so lovely in bloom too!

  4. She knows it is close to spring. I brought in one double impatiens plant last fall.I did not think it was going to make it. Poor thing looked so pathetic with not leaves.Now it is starting to leaf out and looks like it will make it now. Maybe I can get some starts off of it now. I like your Mother-in- Laws Tongue or Snake plant. My Grandmother use to have the biggest one in her living room. Have a wonderful week.

  5. Posts like this make me wish I were better (ok, even mildly competent) at overwintering things! This year's attempt didn't even make it past November. I'm so envious of your happy bloom!

  6. How nice to have a bloom on your impatiens! I've overwintered a couple of them, too, but they've only put out a few puny blooms this winter. I'm just hoping they last for another month when I know real sunlight will perk them up.

  7. Wow---you have done great 'wintering' your plants... That Impatiens is pretty --but just think how gorgeous it will be once it is outside....WOW!!!!!


  8. Don't you just love those little impatiens!

  9. I love it that you so appreciate them. It shows your true gardener heart.

    All joys,

    Sharon Lovejoy Writes from Sunflower House and a Little Green Island

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  11. ~Darla
    It can't get here soon enough!

    I have pinched them back in the past. This one surprised me and got tall before I realized it. Then, I worried about trying to do that as he doesn't have a lot of leaves at the bottom. So, I'm hanging on with him as is.

    I started with 6 and still have 3 so I'm feeling pretty good about the success rate.

    ~Hocking Hills Gardener
    Glad to hear your impatiens are coming back for you. Now that the days are getting longer, I find better success with taking starts again. I hope the mother-in-law tongue gets fuller. It'll be happier when I put it back outside this summer.

    ~Cherry Lane
    Oh dear. Well, start with something easy. Geraniums are pretty easy to overwinter.

    I was surprised by this bloom and actually noticed today that it has two blooms!


    They really are reliable plants that help keep the gardening going.

    ~Sharon Lovejoy
    Thank you.

  12. Funny you suggested geranium - I managed to keep one of those alive last winter, but that's because I was keeping it for a friend and was so scared I'd kill it that it got LOTS of attention!

  13. How cool that your impatiens are doing so well! Maybe I'll try to take some cuttings next year.


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