Flowers of Busy Lizzies Plant - Balsaminaceae Impatiens New Guinea Hybrids.

What You Need to Know About the Busy Lizzies Plant – Balsaminaceae Impatiens New Guinea Hybrids

Larger than the traditional busy lizzy and almost shrubby in habit, the dramatic New Guinea or “busy lizzies” bear the same characteristics of constant flowering from a young age, brittle, succulent-looking stems, and lush, fleshy foliage.

However, they are more bold and colorful, with leaves that may be bright green, green splashed with yellow, or bronze-red. The flowers are larger, generally sin­gle, with a prominent spur, and come in many shades of red, pink, mauve, and white.

Size: Height to 14 in. (35 cm).

Light: Indirect sunlight.

Temperature: Normal room.

Moisture: Keep moist from spring to fall. In winter, apply only enough water to prevent the soil mix from drying out.

Feeding: Use standard liquid fertilizer every two weeks from spring to fall.

Propagation: Take 4 in. (10 cm) tip cuttings in spring or summer, and root in water or soil.

Special needs: A position that is too warm will cause rapid wilting, so place pots on a tray of moist pebbles to increase humidity.