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Busy Lizzie / Impatiens

Busy Lizzie Description

Busy Lizzie is a very popular half-hardy annual flowering house plant. It features regularly in pots, containers and hanging baskets.

With small green leaves, masses of white, pink, orange, and red flowers, and a low aspect Impatiens makes excellent ground cover in flower beds and borders.

Busy Lizzies are propagated by seed and cuttings root quite easily. Many gardeners take cuttings from their garden specimens in early autumn for over-wintering indoors.

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Cultivation of Busy Lizzie Plants

Busy Lizzie seeds should be sown in early spring under glass at a temperature of 16 to 18 degrees Celsius.

Busy Lizzie Blossoms

When the seedlings are large enough to be handled plants should be pricked out into boxes about 7cm apart. Following hardening off the young plants should be planted in their final flowering position about 12cm apart.

Impatiens appreciates a sunny location and good soil with adequate drainage. Bushy growth can be encouraged by pinching out of the growing tips.

Popular Varieties of Busy Lizzie

The following lists some popular varieties of Busy Lizzie.

Tango Orange blooms, bronze leaves
Tom Thumb Mixed

Red, pinks, cream & white blossoms, doubles, dwarf variety

Accent Formula Pink, red, mauve & violet flowers, large blooms
Eye-Eye Pastel colours, contrasting eye
King Kong Mixed

Pink, red, orange & white, large flowers, bushy

Camellia Flowered White, pink, red blossoms, Camellia-like, spreading habit
Novette Mixed Red, pink & Orange blooms, big and showy

Busy Lizzie Pests and Diseases

Busy Lizzies can be susceptible to infestations of aphids which can rapidly weaken plants.

Height 15 - 60cm

Busy Lizzie - Scientific Classification

Planting distance: 30cm Kingdom Plantae
Flowers from mid spring to mid autumn Order Ericales
Well-drained soil that is rich and moist Family Balsiaminaceae
Sunny site Genus Impatiens
Half-hardy annual    
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Alstroemeria Dahlia Lobelia Snowdrop
Anemone Daisy Marigold Stock
Babys Breath Delphinium Pansy Sunflower
Begonia Forget-me-Not Pelargonium Sweet Alyssum
Bells of Ireland Freesia Petunia Sweet Pea
Busy Lizzie Gladiolus Phlox Tulip
Chrysanthemum Hollyhock Poppy Wallflower

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