impatiens disease

Asked May 22, 2015, 8:54 PM EDT

I have not seen or heard anything this year about the fungal spores etc. Is it safe this year to buy impatiens?

Montgomery County Pennsylvania

1 Response

If you have already had downy mildew on impatiens in your yard, it is likely you will get it again. It can persist for many years. I have included two links for your review to help in your decision to purchase them or not :

http://franklincountymgs.blogspot.com/2013/02/impatiens-alternatives-for-2013.html

http://www.extension.umn.edu/garden/yard-garden/flowers/managing-impatiens-downy-mildew-in-landscape...

Also, here is the contact information for your local county extension office:

http://extension.psu.edu/plants/master-gardener/counties/montgomery/hotline