Frequently Asked Questions
When grown in the ground, SunPatiens can reach anywhere between 14-28” in the ground for compact varieties and 18-34” in the ground for vigorous ones.
The best time to plant SunPatiens is after danger of frost has passed and the soil temperature is above 60°F.
SunPatiens do well with ½ day sun and also tolerate filtered sunshine. In general, lower light levels reduces flowering so Tropical types are ideal for shadier areas as their leaf variegation shows off nicely in the shade.
It is recommended to bring SunPatiens inside when temperatures are below 50°F.
SunPatiens are annuals and will not survive freezing temperatures (Zones 3-9).
SunPatiens may be brought indoors, however they are not indoor plants and will not do well unless they have a southern window with high light and sunshine. Additionally, there’s a risk of bringing in insects that will then infect other house plants.
It is recommended repurchasing them the following spring rather than trying to save them indoors.
In general, leaves that turn yellow indicate one of the following:
- Excess moisture due to poorly drained soil, excess watering or excess rainfall.
- Lack of fertilizer; especially nitrogen.Only water if the soil is dry and not just the mulch. It helps to allow the soil to dry slightly between irrigations and force the plants to work and make their roots stronger. SunPatiens can tolerate some wilt stress and forcing them to work a bit more promotes a stronger root system and overall more vibrant plant.
- Try feeding them with fertilizer weekly with Miracle Gro at the ½ or 1/3 rate. Feeding more often at a weaker strength works better in some situations.
- Keep mulch away from the plant stems to avoid stem rot.
In general, SunPatiens do well under warm and humid conditions, but strong drying winds can tax the plants. Stressful conditions can fade the flowers and draw moisture from the plant tissue, but the plants should be able to handle this.
SunPatiens do tolerate some wilting so be careful not to overwater them which can cause root rot. We suggest allowing the soil to thoroughly dry in between irrigations to make the plant’s roots work a bit harder which will strengthen them and tone the plants.
SunPatiens are not toxic to dogs but might cause an upset stomach. Below is some feedback on Impatiens and known toxic plants.
Sunpatiens is a rather new Impatiens hybrid. As a result, the ASPCA as well as other reputable animal care organizations have not yet listed it as a toxic or non-toxic substance. However, since it is a member of the Impatiens family, it is safe to assume that it is safe around dogs. It is also harmless around cats. Both the Impatiens and Impatiens hawker used to develop that Sunpatiens are not deemed harmful by the ASPCA.