Start your own impatiens and other flowers
March 19, 2012 § 3 Comments
We had a mild winter. There were a few freezes, but it was never bad enough to do more than cover the outside plants, and bring indoors the less hardy ones. I was surprised that a giant pot of impatiens actually survived the winter. The fact that it lives so close to the house may be why it didn’t freeze…that and the blankets we threw over the pot when the weather became too cold.
Although the plants survived, they were very leggy, so I cut them down and saved the stems. I took all the cuttings indoors, soaked them in water in the kitchen sink, and then dipped the ends into rooting powder. Then I very carefully placed the stems directly into dirt in several hanging pots. After watering them in well, I placed the plants on the patio, and made sure they were kept moist over the next few weeks.
This was about a month ago, and today we have four pots of impatiens hanging from our arbor. Best of all…they were free.
Over the course of spring and summer, they’ll continue to grow, and will eventually become lush and beautiful. Right now, it’s a little difficult to tell there are plants in the pots, unless you stand on the garden table and loom over them with a camera.