The universal shade plant, Impatiens offer season-long colour for partial or fully-shaded areas. The plants are extremely versatile and may be used in garden beds, pots, window boxes or hanging baskets. Start indoors 10 to 12 weeks prior to setting out, germinating them at 21 degrees C. ** Impatiens Downey Mildew** A fungal disease is affecting Impatiens walleriana in North America. It is identified by light yellow or stippled yellow and green leaves. Leaf edges curl downward and leaves appear wilted with a fluffy white growth on the underside of the leaf. Blossoms drop off first, followed by leaves, leaving bare green stems. Stems eventually collapse and lay flat on the ground. Infected plants are typically stunted and have small leaves. Impatiens can be planted in the garden with no history of this fungus. Be sure to space plants far enough apart to allow good air flow. If you have had this disease before - DO NOT plant impatiens in the same garden that was infected. For alternative plants we recommend Coleus, Begonias and New Guinea Impatiens. If you have any further questions regarding this disease please let us know.