Tammie S
Tammie S
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Asked on Jun 16, 2012

Impatient Fungus!

Tammie SErica GlasenerDouglas Hunt
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My mother had tons of impatients in her yard. This year they are growing to a certain height and begin looking horrible. She was told by Pikes that there is an airborne fungus that is attacking them and that there is nothing that can be done. We're in north Atlanta. Anyone else seeing this or have a cure?
7 answers
  • KMS Woodworks
    on Jun 16, 2012

    many fungus issues have to due with excess moisture...could this be a contributor?

  • Tammie S
    on Jun 16, 2012

    Don't think so. They lived in the same house over 20 years with the same impatiens re-seeding every year. And they've watered much less this year than previous years. She has friends that are going through the same thing. According to Pikes, there's nothing that an be done. I don't think there will be as many next year because these won't reseed, but honestly they had gotten out of hand...(in my opinion) Flowers are like hair, just because you can grow it to the ground doesn't make it beautiful. Sometimes less is more. Anywhere there is a hole in the landscape...a flower goes in. It had begun to loose it's structure. This may be natures way of remedying the situation! ;) sorry for the misspelling of impatiens above, lol

  • 360 Sod (Donna Dixson)
    on Jun 16, 2012

    Tammie, were these some they grew from their own seeds or did they purchase live plants ?

  • Walter Reeves
    on Jun 17, 2012

    There's not enough room to go into it here but I wrote a summary of the situation at http://www.walterreeves.com/gardening-q-and-a/impatiens-downy-mildew-identification-and-substitutes/

  • Douglas Hunt
    on Jun 17, 2012

    There's no cure. But the disease does not affect New Guinea impatiens, only the more common type.

  • Erica Glasener
    on Jun 17, 2012

    A new opportunity to try other shade lovers, lots of colorful foliage for shade and Torenia also known as clown flower does well.

  • Tammie S
    on Jun 17, 2012

    These were from plants that have reseeded in the yard for year after year. Thanks Walter, I'll check out the link Erica-I'll pass these suggestions along to them as well.

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