How to Care for Beacon® Impatiens
For lasting color, you can rely on Beacon impatiens to thrive. Extensive trialing has proven that Beacon impatiens provides genetic high resistance to Impatiens downy mildew, offering healthy, long-lasting color for shade gardens, containers and landscapes. Here are some tips on the best way to care for your Beacon impatiens.
Where to plant:
Plant impatiens in fertile, well-draining soil enriched with organic matter in light to medium shade, keeping them out of direct sunlight.
Plant spacing in garden beds:
Plant Beacon about 8-10 in. (20-25 cm) apart. Closer spacing will encourage taller growth, while more distance between plants encourages them to spread out and fill in the gaps. Plant further apart if using as a ground cover.
Planting in containers:
Use a good quality potting soil. A soil that includes a slow-release fertilizer will get them off to a good start. If combining impatiens with other annuals or perennials, choose varieties with the same exposure and watering requirements.
Impatiens are not drought tolerant, so they need to be watered regularly during dry spells to keep the soil consistently moist and prevent the plants from wilting. To help retain moisture, amend the soil with organic matter and apply a layer of mulch. If planted in pots, they may need to be watered daily during hot, dry weather.
Apply compost or a slow-release granular fertilizer at planting time.
Although pruning is unnecessary, you can pinch plants back if they become tall and leggy to encourage bushier growth. Your plants will quickly respond with a new flush of blooms. Flowers are self-cleaning.