VP/14 H = 25 CM
To the genus Impatiens, also known as the glass plant, belong to over 800 species originating in Asia and Africa. The most ‘used for ornamental purposes are annual or perennial plants with stems and fleshy and delicate foliage, which produce colorful flowers.
Impatiens hawkererii “New Guinea” high-growth variety forms a bush with robust red branches with green lanceolate leaves streaked with dark. The flowers are simple or double pink, red, or very showy white. Very vigorous variety, in nature, in the places of origin it is perennial. If kept in a warm environment, it blooms all year round, if placed outdoors in a sheltered place from the wind and not in direct sunlight it behaves like a seasonal one. It can ‘be placed in the garden but only placing it in pots away from winds and direct sunlight.
The species that are grown in the garden or in the planter, have in common the need to live in a warm humid habitat and possibly placed in the shade or in the shade. Impatiens prefer humus-rich organic substrates that maintain good water availability. The ideal soil for these plants should contain 80% peat and 20% sand. Irrigation should be frequent, at least once a day, as well as fertilizations that should be repeated once every two weeks. The most common diseases are due to aphid insects, white butterflies and red spider mites.
The genus, owes its scientific name to the curious characteristic of the fruits, small elongated capsules that, when ripe, literally explode at the slightest touch, scattering all the seeds around them, almost as if the plant were “impatient” to self-reproduce; it is a rather rare phenomenon that allows the plant to multiply without any external agent intervening by bringing the seeds away. The common name instead, glass flower or glass plant, refers to the appearance of the stems that with their nuances remind of objects of colored glass.