Seed impatiens are under attack by a disease called “Impatien Downy Mildew”. Growers can supply disease free impatiens but the disease spores are carried by the wind and uncontrollable in the landscape. Impatiens planted in the landscape will most likely be killed by Impatien Downy Mildew. This disease affects only Impatiens Walleriana (regular impatiens) and Double Impatiens.
There are several signs to watch for to know if the disease has affected impatiens. Plants will appear stunted in the landscape, often chlorotic and eventually will defoliate and die. Downy Mildew spores from affected plants can infect the soil and winter over and survive.
Are all impatiens susceptible? NO! New Guinea and Sunpatiens make great alternatives for impatiens.
• Made for the shade
• Mounded habit
• A wide range of colors: red, white, purple, lavenders, oranges & salmons
• Plant heights of 12”- 18” tall & 16”-20” spread
• No maintenance
• Great for full sun & shade
• V-shaped upright habit
• Plant heights of 20”-30” tall & 30” spread
• Top compact colors: deep rose, magenta, orange & white
• Additional colors: lilac, blush pink & electric orange
For more information contact Bench’s Greenhouse & Nursery, 18063 West State Route 105, Elmore, Ohio 43416, 419.862.3596. Some information provided by Mark Evans, Eason Horticultural Resources Inc. Representative.