Plant Care New Guinea Impatiens

New Guinea Impatiens

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New Guinea Impatiens has a Large, lush leaves plant personality Large, lush leaves
New Guinea Impatiens has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower

Taxonomy

Impatiens hawkeri
Impatiens
Balsaminaceae
Ericales

How to care for New Guinea Impatiens

💦 Water

How often to water your New Guinea Impatiens

Water needs for New Guinea Impatiens
0.5 cups
every 9

New Guinea Impatiens needs 0.5 cups of water every 9 when it doesn’t get direct sunlight and is potted in a 5" pot.

Use our water calculator to personalize watering recommendations to your environment or download Greg for more advanced recommendations for all of your plants.

Calculate water needs of New Guinea Impatiens

Water 0.5 cups every
9

Does your plant get direct sunlight?

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5"
☀️ Light

Finding light for New Guinea Impatiens in your home

Light needs and placement for plant New Guinea Impatiens: 1ft from a window
1ft or less from
a window

New Guinea Impatiens love being close to bright, sunny windows 😎.

Place it less than 1ft from a south-facing window to maximize the potential for growth.

New Guinea Impatiens does not tolerate low-light 🚫.

Select your region to see how the current weather in your area affects the placement of New Guinea Impatiens in your home 🏡.

🪴 Nutrients

How to fertilize New Guinea Impatiens

Nutrient, fertilizer, and repotting needs for New Guinea Impatiens: repot after 2X growth

Most potting soils come with ample nutrients which plants use to produce new growth.

By the time your plant has depleted the nutrients in its soil it’s likely grown enough to need a larger pot anyway.

To replenish this plant's nutrients, repot your New Guinea Impatiens after it doubles in size or once a year—whichever comes first.

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💡 FAQs
⭐ Difficulty Level

New Guinea Impatiens is generally considered an easy-to-care-for plant and makes a great choice for beginners!

Benefits of Growing New Guinea Impatiens →


💦 Water Needs

New Guinea Impatiens prefers for the soil to dry out between waterings and should be watered regularly. Use our water calculator to personalize watering recommendations to your environment or download Greg for more advanced recommendations for all of your plants.

New Guinea Impatiens Water Frequency →

New Guinea Impatiens Root Rot →


☀️ Sunlight Needs

New Guinea Impatiens requires abundant, bright and direct light. Place it less than one foot from a window to ensure it receives enough light to survive 💪. Select your region to see how the current weather in your area affects the placement in your home 🏡.

New Guinea Impatiens Light Requirements →

New Guinea Impatiens Direct Sunlight Needs & Tolerance →


🐶 🐈 👶 Toxicity

Greg does not have confirmed data on this plant’s toxicity. If you, a family member, or a pet consumes plant material of unknown toxicity, it’s always best to consult a medical professional.

If you or someone else ingested this plant, call Poison Control at US (800) 222-1222. If a pet consumed this plant, contact your veterinarian or the ASPCA at US (888) 426-4435.

New Guinea Impatiens Toxicity to Dogs →


💨 Humidity

New Guinea Impatiens prefers dry environments. Providing extra humidity or misting your plant allows water to linger on leaves, which can create the perfect environment for harmful types of fungi.

New Guinea Impatiens Humidity Needs →


🪴 Soil

New Guinea Impatiens does best in well-draining soil. A good soil will contain lots of organic matter such as coco coir as well as perlite or vermiculite to help with drainage. Adding a handful of perlite to regular store-bought potting soil should do the trick!

Best Soil Mix for New Guinea Impatiens →

When and How to Successfully Repot New Guinea Impatiens →


💩 Fertilizer

New Guinea Impatiens should be repotted after it doubles in size or once a year, whichever comes first. Fresh potting soil has all the nutrients your plant needs, so as long as it’s refreshed yearly, you shouldn’t need to use fertilizer. Remember, plants get their energy from sunlight, not fertilizer!

How Much and When to Fertilize New Guinea Impatiens →


🌎 Native Region

New Guinea Impatiens is native to the Northern Hemisphere.


⬆️ ⬇️ Growth Pattern

New Guinea Impatiens grows vertically and new growth will emerge from the top of the plant.


🌱 Propagation

New Guinea Impatiens can be propagated by the stem method. To propagate:

  • Make a cut just above the node. The node is the break in the stem where the leaf emerges.
  • To get the cutting to root, you can either:
    • Place the cutting in water until roots emerge and are ~2” long and then transplant into well-draining soil, or
    • Place the cutting directly into well-draining soil and water when dry.

How to Propagate New Guinea Impatiens →


🧐 Troubleshooting

When troubleshooting a sad-looking houseplant, start by checking for signs of distress in its leaves, such as yellowing, browning, or drooping, which can indicate overwatering or nutrient deficiencies.

Inspect the soil moisture; too dry or too wet soil can cause problems.

Ensure the plant is getting the right amount of light, as too much or too little can stress it.

Finally, consider environmental factors like temperature and humidity, and adjust care routines accordingly to revive your plant.


Care Summary for New Guinea Impatiens

New Guinea Impatiens

New Guinea Impatiens


Greg recommends:

Water

0.5 cups every 9 days

Placement

< 1ft from a window

Nutrients

Repot after 2x growth

Based on the 4” pot your plant is in, and that it doesn’t get direct sunlight.

What other plant parents say

New Guinea Impatiens has a Large, lush leaves plant personality Large, lush leaves 5
New Guinea Impatiens has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower 5
New Guinea Impatiens has a Blooms easily plant personality Blooms easily 5
New Guinea Impatiens has a Survivor plant personality Survivor 4
New Guinea Impatiens has a Browns easily plant personality Browns easily 1
New Guinea Impatiens has a Easy to propagate plant personality Easy to propagate 1
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leaf-1 1 Plants
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12/22/2021

This is beeeatiful

Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
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leaf-1 4 Plants
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globe Conway, SC
09/17/2021

Needs lots of water and sunlight!

Fast grower Fast grower
Blooms easily Blooms easily
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leaf-1 5 Plants
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globe Richmond, VA
06/24/2021

Will wilt really dramatically but will always bounce back after watering!

Fast grower Fast grower
Survivor Survivor
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leaf-1 93 Plants
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06/19/2021

I don’t know if this plant is going to survive. I love the flowers, but she keeps wilting or getting root rot. Either too little or too much water. I have two of these guys. Both are not very happy at the moment. I gave up and moved one outside. Maybe Mother Nature can do a better job. 😞

Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Blooms easily Blooms easily
Browns easily Browns easily
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leaf-1 93 Plants
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06/13/2021

I love the flowers, but you need to make sure you keep an eye on the water. If you let her even think she is thirsty, she will scream for a drink and think she is going to die!!!

Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Blooms easily Blooms easily
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leaf-1 93 Plants
xp 6,167 XP
06/10/2021

Help! I can’t figure out what I am doing wrong with this one! He looks like he is dying all the time! I watered him as others have posted, but he turned black and I had to toss half the plant. 😥 I have another similar one in a different pot that seems to be fine.

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leaf-1 3 Plants
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06/04/2021

Just learning myself.

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leaf-1 73 Plants
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globe Greensboro, NC
05/29/2021

Flowered for a long time and is a DRAMA QUEEN when it needs water but then perks up quickly when watered. I mean, shockingly droopy. I have successfully repotted with ease.

Fast grower Fast grower
Blooms easily Blooms easily
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leaf-1 4 Plants
xp 510 XP
05/17/2021

Once the flowers died they never grew back.

Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Survivor Survivor

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