7 Tips for Growing Beacon® Impatiens in Containers
If you follow these tips and tricks, growing Beacon Impatiens in containers is an easy way to fill your shaded areas with vibrant color!
1) Choose a container
Depending on the variety you’re growing, a pot 8 to 12 inches deep is going to be a good start. Impatiens are perfect for planters, window boxes or hanging baskets.
2) Planting Time
The best time to plant impatiens is after the last Spring frost. Check for freeze dates in your area to plan for this.
3) Growing from seed
To grow Beacon Impatiens from seed, sow seeds 3 to 4 inches deep in a well-aerated soil mix. Place the container in indirect sunlight. The seedlings will start to show in 16-24 days.
4) Plant the seedlings outside
Fill the pot with a good quality potting mix. Make a hole in the soil and place the seedling in it. Pat soil around the roots. The plant prefers humus-rich, well-draining soil. A lightweight growing medium for other annuals should also be fine. Alternatively, you can also go for a peat moss-based potting mix.
5) Choose a location
Beacon Impatiens will flourish in full shade. You can plant them in partial shade as well. A location that receives several hours of bright morning sun and shade for the rest of the day is ideal.
6) Keep it watered
Keep the soil moist by watering the plant at regular intervals, but don’t over-water. Check the moisture level with your finger by poking the soil. If it’s slightly dry, it’s time to water.
7) Don’t forget to fertilize
Add compost during the time of planting. Feed the plant once in every 4 to 5 weeks with a balanced liquid fertilizer like 10-10-10.