The Impatiens is one of the most popular indoor plants, with a flowering period that lasts several months. Many different varieties and hybrids are available, with flower colours that range from white, through pink and orange, to red; some forms are striped. Leaf colours include pale green, bronze and variegated. Once the plant has finished flowering it tends to become rather straggly and untidy so is best discarded and replaced the following year. The Impatiens attracts a number of pests, so regular checks must be made as they can quickly disfigure the plant. Trimming of the foliage or stems should be done with a sharp knife to reduce the risk of damaging the growth.

Plant type : Flowering plant with loose, bushy habit
Season of interest : Late spring to late summer
Size : 20-45cm (8—18in)
Flower : Irregularly circular, 2.5-4cm (1 —l 1/2in) across, white, pink, orange or red
Leaf : Pointed oval, 2.5-5cm (1 -2in) pale green to bronze or variegated
Temperature : 13-20°C (55-68'F)
Aspect/Light : Well-lit situation with some shade
Humidity : Moderate to high
Watering : Evenly moisten compost in spring and summer, allowing to dry just a little before re-watering; keep on drier side in autumn and winter
Feeding : Once every two to three weeks with flowering plant fertilizer in spring and summer
Propagation : Plant 7.5cm (3in) tip cuttings in seed and cutting compost, or place in water, at 18-20°C (65—68°F) from late spring to early autumn; sow seeds in this compost at 2fC (70°F)
Potting : Houseplant potting compost
Problems : Aphid, whitefly, red spider mite
Availability : Quite commonly available spring and summer
Uses indoors : Good windowsill plant for most rooms, especially kitchen or bathroom; also feature plant for fairly cool dining room