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Impatiens, Candy Box

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A candy colored rainbow of flowers.

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The most intense colors all come together in our latest mix with a surprise twist of just the right touch of pretty pastels. The final effect is pure eye candy. Huge, full, 2" blooms arrive early and stay all season on vigorous plants. Our newest and best impatiens research elevates garden performance to a new level. You won't believe the flower power.
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Sun The amount of sunlight this product needs daily in order to perform well in the garden. Full sun means 6 hours of direct sun per day; partial sun means 2-4 hours of direct sun per day; shade means little or no direct sun.

Full Shade, Part Sun

Height The typical height of this product at maturity.

12-16 inches

Spread The width of the plant at maturity.

10-12 inches

Ornamental Use Ways in which the product may be used in the garden for ornamental effect.

Beds, Borders, Container, Filler

Life Cycle This refers to whether a plant is an annual, biennial or perennial. Annuals complete their life cycles in one year; biennials produce foliage the first year and bloom and go to seed the second year; perennials can live for more than two years.

Annual

Sow Method This refers to whether the seed should be sown early indoors and the seedlings transplanted outside later, or if the seed should be sown directly in the garden at the recommended planting time.

Indoor Sow

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Growing Impatiens
In full or partial shade gardens, impatiens flower like mad from early summer to the first frost.
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  • Impatiens

    Impatiens
    Start Indoors Start Indoors Starting seeds indoors is called Indoor Sow or Indirect Sow and these dates are when to sow seeds indoors in the spring or summer
    Transplant Transplant When to transplant bulbs or roots in the garden for spring
    Start Outdoors Start Outdoors Starting seeds outdoors is called Outdoor Sow or Direct Sow and these dates are when to sow seeds outdoors in the spring or summer
    Start Indoors Fall Start Indoors Fall Starting seeds indoors in the fall called Indoor Sow or Indirect Sow and these dates are when to sow seeds outdoors in the fall
    Transplant Fall Transplant Fall Transplant Fall-When to transplant bulbs or roots in the garden for fall
    Start Outdoors Fall Start Outdoors Fall Starting seeds outdoors in the fall is called Outdoor Sow or Direct Sow and these dates are when to sow seeds outdoors in the fall
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Impatiens may be grown from seed sown early indoors and transplanted outside after frost, or from potted plants.

Sowing Seed Indoors:

  • Sow indoors 8-10 weeks before last frost using a seed starting kit. Sow seeds shallowly lightly covered with fine seed starting soil.
  • Keep the soil moist at 70-75 degrees. Impatiens can benefit with bottom heat.
  • Seedlings emerge in 18-28 days.
  • As soon as seedlings emerge, provide plenty of light on a sunny windowsill or grow seedlings 3-4 inches beneath fluorescent plant lights turned on 16 hours per day, off for 8 hours at night. Raise the lights as the plants grow taller. Incandescent bulbs will not work for this process because they will get too hot. Most plants require a dark period to grow, do not leave lights on for 24 hours.
  • Thin to one seedling per cell when they have two sets of leaves.
  • Seedlings do not need much fertilizer, feed when they are 3-4 weeks old using a starter solution (half strength of a complete indoor houseplant food) according to manufacturer’s directions.
  • Transplant hardened-off seedlings to the garden after the frost.
  • Before planting in the garden, seedling plants need to be “hardened off”. Accustom young plants to outdoor conditions by moving them to a sheltered place outside for a week. Be sure to protect them from wind and hot sun at first. If frost threatens at night, cover or bring containers indoors, then take them out again in the morning. This hardening off process toughens the plant’s cell structure and reduces transplant shock and scalding.

Planting in the Garden:

  • Select a location in full to part shade with good rich moist organic soil. New Guinea Impatiens may be planted in full sun.
  • Prepare the bed by turning the soil under to a depth of 8 inches. Level with a rake to remove clumps of grass and stones.
  • Most plants respond well to soils amended with organic matter. Compost is a wonderful form of organic matter with a good balance of nutrients and an ideal pH level, it can be added to your planting area at any time. If compost is not available, top dress the soil after planting with 1-2 inches of organic mulch, which will begin to breakdown into compost. After the growing season, a soil test will indicate what soil amendments are needed for the following season.
  • Plants should stand 12 inches apart in the garden.
  • Dig a hole for each plant large enough to amply accommodate the root ball.
  • Set level with the surrounding soil. Fill with soil to the top of the root ball. Press soil down firmly with your hand leaving a slight depression around the plant to hold water.
  • Water thoroughly, so that a puddle forms in the saucer you have created. This settles the plants in, drives out air pockets and results in good root-to-soil contact.
  • Use the plant tag as a location marker.
  • Water thoroughly, so that a puddle forms in the saucer you have created. This settles the plants in, drives out air pockets and results in good root-to-soil contact.
  • Keep weeds under control during the growing season. Weeds compete with plants for water, space and nutrients, so control them by either cultivating often or use a mulch to prevent their seeds from germinating. 
  • Mulches also help retain soil moisture and maintain even soil temperatures. For annuals an organic mulch of shredded leaves lends a natural look to the bed and will improve the soil as it breaks down in time. Always keep mulches off a plant’s stems to prevent possible rot.
  • Keep plants well-watered during the growing season, especially during dry spells. Plants need about 2" of rain per week during the growing season. Use a rain gauge to check to see if you need to add water. It's best to water with a drip or trickle system that delivers water at low pressure at the soil level. If you water with overhead sprinklers, water early in the day so the foliage has time to dry off before evening, to minimize disease problems. Keep the soil moist but not saturated.
  • Until plants become established, some protection from extreme winds and direct, hot sunlight may be necessary. Good air movement is also important.
  • After new growth appears, a light fertilizer may be applied. Keep granular fertilizers away from the plant crown and foliage to avoid burn injury. Use low rates of a slow release fertilizer, as higher rates may encourage root rots.
  • Monitor for pests and diseases. Check with your local Cooperative Extension Service for pest controls recommended for your area.
  • Remove plants after they are killed by frost in fall to avoid disease issues the following year.
  • Impatiens make beautiful temporary groundcovers in shade gardens. They also can be planted among shade-loving perennials, such as hostas, to bring summer-long color to shady flower beds. Plant them in large drifts and let them fill in, or use them as edging plants along walkways, terraces, or at the front of a bed or border.
  • Impatiens make fine additions to container plantings. In fact if you have experienced downy mildew in the past, container growing in fresh commercial potting soil is the only way you can grow impatiens (other than New Guinea impatiens).
  • Hummingbirds, butterflies, and other beneficial insects love to visit impatiens.
  • New Guinea impatiens can take the sun, but be careful to not allow plants to dry out.
Sun
Full Shade, Part Sun
Height
12-16 inches
Spread
10-12 inches
Ornamental Use
Beds, Borders, Container, Filler
Life Cycle
Annual
Sow Method
Indoor Sow
Flowering
Yes
Bloom Duration
14 weeks
Flower color
Orange, Pink, Red
Impatiens, Candy Box is rated 3.9 out of 5 by 20.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautiful! When I received these I was a little skeptical because they were so scrawny. But they have grown full and lush and I couldn't be happier. Really lovely!
Date published: 2017-08-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Recommend I have been growing these from seed for the past five years in my Aerogrow. I transplant them into my flower gardens, where they become a carpet of color, as long as I can keep my dogs from trampling them!!
Date published: 2017-07-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautiful colors mixed together. I bought these plants a few months ago, these are my granddaughter's favorite color combination.
Date published: 2017-07-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great color mix I've grown Candy Box Impatiens for years. They're a sophisticated mix of colors that really brighten up shady areas.
Date published: 2017-07-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Seedlings to absolute beauty! Our first time with seeds and the result is spectacular!
Date published: 2017-07-15
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Impatiens seeds I planted 300 seeds following the directions to the tee. Absolutely none of them grew or even showed even the smallest greet sprout. I don't know when I've been so disappointed. I built a 14'X10' greenhouse to raise them in and it sets there empty.
Date published: 2017-07-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Super color I bought these this Spring, and found that I had more than 30 seeds in the packet, however only 26 sprouted. My first surprise was not a pleasant one. I had never raised Impatiens from seeds before, and was a bit concerned that the babies started to develop buds when only an inch high! I was sure that I had been sent the wrong mix.. However, it is now almost 6 months later, and the plants are in five pots (two 10" and three 8"). They are spectacular in their semi-sunny/shady location outdoors and they are reaching for their advertised height. They look pretty much like the picture because I have several plants in each pot. If you get the seeds, start them very early (New Year's Day?) if you expect to have a good display in early summer. I'm planning on rooting cuttings and nursing a flat through the winter so that I don't have to wait until the middle of July before I have a good display. But, I have a greenhouse. Without one, I think the plants would be a better option than seeds.
Date published: 2017-07-15
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Horrible plants--almost dead, spindly, and weak. The day after I received these plants and planted them, I took pictures of them and posted the pictures of them on your Facebook page. In that posting, I asked for my money back because these plants were frail and pathetic. No one has contacted me to refund my money. The Facebook "responder" from Burpee just told me to contact customer service. Why can't you reach out to me? Why can't you provide actual customer service? I have ordered from you before and NEVER received such poor quality. This is the last time I will purchase from you. And, I still want my money refunded!
Date published: 2017-07-15
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