Monday, July 2, 2012

An easy way to stretch your garden budget...

 I love Impatiens...mostly because they give mass amounts of color...
 In the shadiest parts of my yard...and I have a lot of shade in the back...here in my area...they may last year to year...if they are in a protected part of the yard...another great thing about them...
 You can root them yourself!! And have even more!!I do this by sticking a few of the leggy ones in a small jar of water ...one thing though...keep the jar inside where they can get some light...but not too much heat...I tried this outside once...and all I got was green yuckey water and soggy mushy stems...this is my kitchen window...it gets filtered morning sun...another thing...they will look pretty bad in a day...and you will think it is not working...have patience...they will bounce back ...new leaves will appear...even a flower or two will show up...
 See...roots...this one is ready to plant...I have put them in small pots to root more before I place them right in the ground...but this time of year...it is fine to just stick them right in the ground...give them plenty of water...
Ta Dah!!A brand new plant for my garden!! I planted about eight baby ones this morning and cut some new ones to start rooting...so next week...I will have even more!! I like when that happens!!
Until next time...enjoy your day!!!

8 comments:

Olive Cooper said...

Neato Linda. I root variegated ivy and other plants here but I have never rooted impatients.

shez said...

thankyou for those tips.xx

Happy Cottage Quilter said...

Last year we had so many beautiful impatiens, but this year many of them have died already :-( Someone told me they had some kind of disease this year. I miss the array of color in our front yard.

Sew Loquacious Angela said...

Beautiful flowers and photos! I think they should be called, Patient(s) since they are so hardy, etc!
Have a super 4th!
Angi

Judy S. said...

Gotta try this, thanks!

MARCIE said...

Lovely garden! You must live in the perfect climate to have impatiens and peaches and dry heat!

Beverly said...

I never knew you could root impatiens. I love them too. I had some last year, but lost them to frost. Yours are so pretty.

Traci said...

I didn't know about this. What a great tip. I don't have any shade in my yard to speak of but I have impatiens in pots on my patio.