Sunpatiens Dallas Arboretum Trial Program

Sunpatiens Dallas Arboretum Trial Program

If you have ever read anything of my works, you know that I am learning what test pages, plant labels and “Nordic” catalogs tell us about plants. Very few gardeners outside of Texas will ever understand what we have to go through to keep the plants alive, not to mention flowering. So you can only guess my confusion when I first heard that new varieties of impatient ones were being released that would grow in full sun. Actually, I thought it was one of those “urban myths” about gardening.

These sun-loving oppressed should be called “Sanpatians”. “Personally, I could not believe that they did not immediately send her to the arboretum in Dallas for my tests, but, unfortunately, no one turned around. And one day I opened the Home Depot prospectus and noticed that they were selling it, and there he hinted in black and white that they could stay under the North Texas sun! How did someone dare to introduce a new factory in Texas and stop me from completing it? You know that our motto in the Dallas Arboretum testing program is: “Testing with a flower – if we can’t finish it, no one can do it!”

To tell the truth, I was a bit reckless when I was looking for these plants. I would rather call myself resourceful, but some may say that I am “persistent” when it comes to testing plants. So, after hours of phone conversations with a florist, the next day I had plants. I planted these small, graceful 4-inch pots in my sunniest and heat up place in the test garden, not a drop of light shade for these sun-like ones! Even my technological assistant Denise Robb mentioned: “Why do we plant these plants at all? They know that they will pass away at the end of the week.”My answer was: “This is the purpose of the process.”

I’m here to tell you that I was wrong! The Sanpatians not only survived the heat, but also looked great! Last summer was cruel for many plants in our test garden. In fact, last year I had difficulty maintaining the life of normal abdomen in the shade, but the “sun patients” continued to grow and blossom.

Now that I liked her, I had to do a little research and see what makes her special. It seems to be a mixture of impatiens walleriana (conventional impatiens) and impatiens hawkeri (Neubynian impatiens). If you look closely at the plants, you can certainly find something from each of their relatives in them. The size of the flowers is somewhere in between, and the leaves and flowers are slightly thicker than those of ordinary flowers. These are the sturdy rods that you notice first. These plants have thick, branched stems.

I tested four original colors: white, magenta, orange and red. This year’s novelty is the colorful salmon and the pale lavender variety – I already have them in my greenhouse to test this year. White, orange and magenta were the boldest of the four colors I tested, reaching almost 2 1/2 feet after the summer. The red was a little shorter, about 2 feet.

I recommend using SunPatiens only in sunny places in the afternoon or all day. If they have shadows, I would stick to standard impatiens – they are affordable and more blooming. They, like other willows, need a little watering, but I will tell you a secret so that the willows bloom longer and stay shorter: let them wither between waterings, and I mean, let the tops hang before watering. Since all the impatient are from Ecuador, they are used only to the two seasons of the year: heat / wet and heat / dry. If they start to dry a little, they will go into breeding mode and bloom much stronger for them. Another good feature of solar ferns is that if they become too large or exorbitantly large for them, they will be cut off and they will immediately grow again.

Currently, the only place where you can buy SunPatiens is Home Depot. You bought all the rights to this plant in the first few years. At first I was a little annoyed by this idea, but after talking with the breeder, I realized that if it were not for their early investments in breeding and promoting Sanpatians, we would still be waiting for them to enter the market. Personally, I don’t care what it takes; I just want more good plants for Texas gardeners


with a cursory glance

Latin name: Impatiens x hybrida series ‘SunPatiens’
Common Name: SunPatiens
Flowers: 2-3 inches orange, red, purple or white
Foliage: Dark Green
Height in adulthood: 2-3 feet
Winter hardiness: Annually
Soil: Well drained
Exposure: Full Sun
Water consumption: high
Source: Home Depot


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