Impatiens across the nation are under attack from a disease called “Downy Mildew” whose spores are spread by the wind and through contaminated soil. Symptoms of the pathogen include: scraggly looking plants, pale and yellowing leaves, white powder on the underside of leaves, all of which lead to the eventual death of the impatiens plant.
The impatiens we sell at The Farm are currently free of the disease. However, there is a high likelihood that they will become infected once they are planted and exposed to the disease via the wind & soil. Therefore we are recommending that customers take the following precautions to avoid the spread of this disease and we suggest planting impatiens alternatives!
- Avoid mass plantings
- Water in the early morning
- Give plants adequate spacing
- Plant impatiens in containers
- DO NOT COMPOST INFECTED PLANTS!
Since this disease is so aggressive we cannot guarantee that the above methods will spare your impatiens from infection. Instead, the best advice we can give is to choose from the following impatiens alternatives which should NOT be affected by Downy Mildew!