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Impatiens are relatively easy plants to maintain, but they do require some work to help them display that full, healthy look. The problem is that if impatiens are allowed to grow on their own, they tend to display too much stem and not enough flower. Cutting the stems at the appropriate times will help. After the initial flowering begins to fade, you can cut the top of the stem, which will help encourage more blooms. A couple of times during the summer, you can take a larger cut of up to half a foot to make sure the stems don’t get too long.

Key Takeaways:

  • Impatiens are relatively low-maintenance, but to maintain a full, healthy look, the stems need to be cut.
  • Once the flower has bloomed and starts to fade, cut the tops of the stems.
  • Cut a larger section of the stem no more than a couple times during the summer to get and keep that full look.

“They need regular water but, otherwise, you mostly don’t have to do anything with them for long periods of time.”

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