Busy lizzie [SunPatiens Compact Orange] Impatiens Sunpatiens Compact Orange = 'Sakimp011' (PBR) (Sunpatiens Series) (NG)
[SunPatiens Compact Orange] is a bushy perennial, 35-50cm tall, usually grown as an annual. Dark green leaves have long, tapering tips and toothed margins. Flowers appear over a long period in summer through to autumn, 3-5cm wide, in shades of bright orange
About this plant
Sunpatiens Compact Orange Impatiens, New Guinea Impatiens, Sunpatiens.
Impatiens hawkeri, Impatiens 'Sakimp011'
Color of leaves
1-2 feet (30-60 cm)
1-2 feet (30-60 cm)
- General Benefits
- Low maintenance: This plant is easy to care for, requiring minimal pruning and upkeep.
- Vibrant color: The 'SUNPATIENS® Compact Orange' boasts striking orange flowers that can enhance the aesthetics of any garden or landscape.
- Extended blooming period: The plant flowers continuously from spring to frost, providing long-lasting color.
- Disease resistance: It is resistant to many common plant diseases, ensuring a healthier, more robust plant.
- Adaptable to various conditions: They can thrive in full sun to partial shade, making them versatile for different garden locations.
- Drought-tolerant: Once established, ‘Sakimp011’ has moderate drought tolerance, reducing the need for frequent watering.
- Heat tolerance: This variety can withstand high temperatures, which is ideal for hot climates or summer heat waves.
- Attracts pollinators: The vibrant flowers can attract butterflies and hummingbirds, promoting biodiversity in your garden.
- Medical Properties
This plant is not used for medical purposes.
- Air-purifying Qualities
This plant is not specifically known for air purifying qualities.
- Other Uses
- Impatiens are often used in educational settings for teaching about plant biology and propagation, as they root easily from cuttings.
- These plants can serve as indicators for overwatering in gardens, as they will wilt noticeably when they've received too much moisture.
- They can be used in art and craft projects due to their vibrant colors; press the flowers to create natural decorations for handmade cards or bookmarks.
- As a natural dye, the flowers of Impatiens can be used to tint fabrics or paper, although the color may not be very intense or long-lasting.
- In photography, Impatiens flowers can be a subject for practicing macro and close-up techniques due to their detailed structures.
- The plant can be used in playschools and kindergartens to introduce young children to simple horticultural activities and the concept of plant care.
- For those interested in phenology, tracking the first blooming of Impatiens can contribute to citizen science projects monitoring seasonal changes.
- Impatiens can be used in color therapy gardens where people visit to relax and stimulate senses, as their vibrant orange hues are associated with energy and creativity.
- The flowers can be floated in decorative water bowls indoors as living centerpieces for tables or outdoor gatherings.
- Their non-toxic nature can make them suitable additions to pet-friendly gardens where pet safety is a priority.
- Feng Shui
The New Guinea Impatiens is not used in Feng Shui practice.
- Zodiac Sign Compitability
The New Guinea Impatiens is not used in astrology practice.
- Plant Symbolism
- Patience: Derived from its common name, impatiens are often associated with patience, reflecting the plant’s resilience in challenging growing conditions.
- Impulsiveness: Conversely, the name "impatiens" can signify impulsive action, relating to how the plant disperses its seeds suddenly when its pods burst open.
- Motherly Love: Impatiens have a nurturing appearance with their bright and bountiful flowers, which can symbolize a mother’s deep love and care.
- Positivity: The vibrant orange color of this Impatiens variety may represent enthusiasm, excitement, and energy, echoing the positive outlook one can have in life.
The Sunpatiens Compact Orange Impatiens should be watered regularly to keep the soil consistently moist but not soggy. It's best to water the plant deeply once a week, providing about one to one and a half gallons of water for each plant, depending on the weather conditions. In hotter, drier periods, watering frequency should increase to ensure the soil does not dry out completely. Avoid overhead watering to minimize the risk of disease, and instead water at the base of the plant. During the cooler months, reduce the watering schedule as the plant requires less moisture.
Sunpatiens Compact Orange Impatiens thrive in a location where they can receive full to partial sunlight. They perform well in bright, indirect light for most of the day, with some direct sunlight ideally in the morning. Avoid placing them in deep shade as this will hinder their growth and flowering potential.
Sunpatiens Compact Orange Impatiens prefer warm conditions and are best suited to temperatures between 60°F and 85°F. They can tolerate a minimum temperature of about 50°F but will not survive freezing temperatures. To ensure optimal growth, protect the plants from extreme heat above 90°F, which may stress them and cause wilting.
Pruning Sunpatiens Compact Orange Impatiens helps to maintain shape, promote bushier growth, and remove spent blooms or damaged foliage. Lightly prune the plants throughout the growing season as needed to remove dead or yellowing leaves. The best time for major pruning is in early spring before new growth begins, which encourages more vigorous and compact plants.
For New Guinea Impatiens, a good soil mix consists of peat moss, potting soil, and perlite or vermiculite in equal parts. This ensures well-draining yet moisture-retentive soil. New Guinea Impatiens prefer a soil pH between 6.0 and 6.5.
New Guinea Impatiens should typically be repotted once a year, in the spring before the beginning of the growing season, to refresh the soil and provide room for growth.
- Humidity & Misting
New Guinea Impatiens thrive in moderate to high humidity levels, ideally around 50-70%. They benefit from the moist air resembling their tropical origins.
- Suitable locations
Place in bright, indirect light and keep the soil evenly moist.
Partial sun, well-drained soil; protect from afternoon heat.
- Life cycle
The life cycle of Impatiens SunPatiens Compact Orange begins with seed germination, where the warmth, moisture, and light conditions trigger the growth of the new plant. After germination, the seedling stage is characterized by the development of initial leaves and a root system that allows the young plant to start absorbing nutrients from the soil. As it enters the vegetative stage, the plant develops a more robust root system and fuller foliage, preparing it for eventual flowering. The flowering stage sees the SunPatiens producing vivid orange blossoms that attract pollinators, essential for the plant's reproduction. After pollination, the plant produces seeds, ensuring its genetic material is passed on before the plant completes its cycle and, if it's an annual variety in a temperate climate, it dies off with the onset of winter conditions. If it's grown in a perennial environment or as a perennial type, the plant may enter a period of dormancy before regenerating the following season.
Spring to Summer
Impatiens Sunpatiens Compact Orange is commonly propagated using stem cuttings, a technique frequently employed due to its simplicity and effectiveness. To begin this process, a healthy stem tip approximately 3-4 inches long is cut just below a leaf node. It is beneficial to remove the leaves from the lower half of the cutting to prevent excess moisture loss. The cut end is often dipped in rooting hormone powder to enhance root development, although this step can be optional. The cutting is then placed in a soilless growing medium like perlite or vermiculite to prevent rot and maintain appropriate moisture. Kept in a warm environment with bright, indirect light and consistent humidity, the cutting will typically root within a few weeks, with new growth indicating successful propagation.