Straggly Impatiens
In May, I planted two flats of impatiens. All the red and white ones are doing fine, but the pink and white ones are growing very straggly and not filling in like they should. Can I pinch the straggly stems back to make them bush out in the middle, or just leave them alone and hope for the best as the season progresses? I am in Zone 6.
Submitted by BHGPhotoContest

Yes, you can pinch back impatiens. As you do so, check for any signs of insect pests. Impatiens are prone to damage from spider mites and thrips, and that can also make them grow leggy and not bloom as much. If you see signs of insect damage, use an insecticidal soap spray.

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