Impatiens (Impatiens walleriana) are annual flowers that bloom for long periods of time. If you have an area with partial shade, Impatiens are good plants to grow if you want a profusion of flowers. Impatiens also grow well in containers and hanging baskets. The 1- to 2-inch diameter flowers come in a variety of colors. Some varieties have a single row of petals, while others have a double row. Impatiens grow 12 to 18 inches in height. If your Impatiens aren't blooming, take measures to encourage those blooms.

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Impatiens come in a wide variety of colors.

Step 1

Check the location of the Impatiens. Impatiens need to grow in partial shady areas, with 2 to 4 hours of sun. Too much sun or too much shade keeps them from blooming.

Step 2

Measure the space between plants. If the Impatiens are planted too closely together, they will not flower as well. Impatiens should have 6 to 12 inches of space between them.

Step 3

Insert your finger into the soil. Impatiens don't like soggy soils, nor do they like dry soil, which causes stress; they may form flower buds in dry soil, but the buds will fall off before opening. Impatiens prefer moist soil.

Step 4

Wait one to two weeks after transplanting for the Impatiens to flower, as planting creates shock, and the plant needs time to grow new roots.

Step 5

Check for bugs. Impatiens are susceptible to slugs, aphids or spider mites. If you notice slugs, set out a low saucer filled with beer. The slugs will crawl into the beer and drown. If you find aphids or spider mites a problem, spray the plants with insecticide or an insecticidal soap. Mix and apply according to label directions. To make your own insecticidal soap, pour 1 gallon water into a sprayer container and add 2 tbsp. of liquid dish soap with 1 gallon of water.