Impatiens in the waterfall


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here impatiens come back every year ,They can get out of control if you let them .I guess we do not get enough snow to kill them or cold weather
 
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Mine are still blooming, I'm so grateful I learned that they can be grown in water!
 
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I've grown them in my waterfall a couple of times, and their growth is astounding (just pull them from their original pot, rinse off the soil and tuck their roots up under the rocks). But my problem every time is the roots of the impatiens growing far back into the nooks and crannies of the stacked-rock waterfall (loose flagstone with a slight tilt toward the pond) and wicking water away from the pond. I've noticed once the plants really get going by mid-summer, the water level in the pond has to be raised every day. The rare plant that I wish grew a tad slower...
 

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So guessing you could take a few indoors for the winter and stick them in some water to save till next year?
 
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I've grown them in my waterfall a couple of times, and their growth is astounding (just pull them from their original pot, rinse off the soil and tuck their roots up under the rocks). But my problem every time is the roots of the impatiens growing far back into the nooks and crannies of the stacked-rock waterfall (loose flagstone with a slight tilt toward the pond) and wicking water away from the pond. I've noticed once the plants really get going by mid-summer, the water level in the pond has to be raised every day. The rare plant that I wish grew a tad slower...
I grow them bare roots as well, I'm glad I don't have your problem with losing water
 
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Wow, that is some impressive stems @Lisak1 . I planted some this year in the pond, but they were a miserable lot. I can only assume that they starved. Needed more fish poo, and my fish are still little.
 
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These are the regular impatiens. I have planted the New Guinea as wells the SunPatiens in the waterfall - both did great.

Here they are in their full glory a few weeks ago. Gosh, my waterfall is in there, I promise! Between the impatiens and the watercress, you'd never know it! The one you see at the very top seeded itself from a few years ago - I've never had that happen before. The ones I planted were the kind that come in the very tiny packs - I like starting with the small ones because they're easier to tuck between the rocks.


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These were just added a month before the pic was taken, they're growing but I doubt they'll ever be as big as yours, LisaK
 

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What is the name of the long leafed plants to the right of the impatiens?
 
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Is it growing in water?
It is! I "planted" it by sticking it in between two rocks, root end in the water. It was just a three or four leaf fan when I got it. Didn't take long for it to take off. I've divided it three or four times already - and by "divide" I mean attack it with a spade and hope to emerge the victor! Irises can really get out of hand if you aren't careful.
 
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I always refer to your pond pictures when I want to add plants to and around my pond.
 

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