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Impatiens and Petunias - do they spread quickly?

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Joined: 5/05/2009
Location: Washington D.C
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Posted: Jun/01/2009 2:01 PM PST

Do impatiens and petunias spread quickly?

I have 4 impatien plants. If I plant 2 per pot, will they spread over the entire pot? (Thats how I want it)

How abt petunias?
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Location: SC
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Posted: Jun/01/2009 6:12 PM PST

Well, how big are your pots? Both flowers will fill out nicely.
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Posted: Jun/02/2009 6:49 AM PST

MANY, MANY years ago when I was in high school, I took a flower/plant arrangement class with the 4-H. The ONLY thing I remember is when arranging flowers or plants in a pot, use odd numbers-3,5,7 etc. plants in a container. Supposedly, in you flower bed,too, but I don't always follow that rule.
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Posted: Jun/02/2009 7:30 AM PST

I have a 24 inch window box. I plan to plant petunias in them.

How many should I plant so they will spread and fill teh entire box?
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Posted: Jun/02/2009 8:34 AM PST

Depending on how big the plants are that you're putting in there I'd think 6 or 8 at least if they're in the little 4 or 6 packs. They're annuals so it's not like they'll need a lot of room to grow roots. You can probably even fit more in there if you want more instant pop.
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Posted: Jun/08/2009 3:38 PM PST

If you want your impatients and petunias to bush out you can pinch them both back. For the impatients all you have to do is either pinch the flowers off or cut the impatients back a little and they will bush out. The same with the petunias just pinch them back a little bit. This causes the growing energy to go back into the plant and not into the flower. As a result it will bush out. Between this and fertilizing a couple times a week your flowers should look very nice in a week or two.
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Location: Kentucky
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Posted: Jun/19/2009 1:00 PM PST

I have had these in the ground for about 2 weeks. They do seem to be spreading out quit nicely compared to what they looked like when I started. I put them in dutch rows as my late father would say it. Have a great day!


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Posted: Jun/19/2009 3:39 PM PST

They look lovely!

I have the same color (orange) impatiens
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Location: south carolina
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Posted: Jun/28/2009 8:43 AM PST

Yes, impatiens will spread and will seed in. I live in SC and here they grow best in shade and they like water. I have them planted under the drip line of my roof so they get moisture when the morning dew runs off. If you planted two per pot, they will fill it in, as long as you water and keep them out of a lot of sun. I haven't had much luck with petunias. I know they spread.


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Posted: Jun/29/2009 5:22 AM PST

Looks great, southernmagnolia. I'll have to get a picture of my volunteer impatiens. They have really filled in the area.
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