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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.
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.
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 || || |