Impatiens are one of my favorite shade annuals. I plant them every year in the front flower garden, which is the only spot on my property with shade. Last year I grew many of my own Impatiens from seed,( including the one pictured above), using my indoor growing system.
In the fall, while cleaning up the flower bed, I noticed the plump seed pods on the Impatiens. I picked one off and was startled as it exploded in my hand.
Since I was playing around with the exploding seed pods anyway, I decided to collect a few seeds to see if I could grow them from the parent plant.
Last year I started the Impatiens on February 27. They were still small and not blooming by the last frost date, in fact only a few even had buds. I made a note that they could be started earlier. Since I'm a little antsy on this dreadful, foggy and rainy day, I decided to garden indoors a little and start the Impatiens seeds I collected along with a package of seeds I purchased several days ago. On that April 28, post, I also noted that the Impatiens didn't like to be transplanted and the ones that did best for me were the ones that grew and remained in the Jiffy pellets.
So, that is what these seeds were planted in today. My container of choice is an aluminum foil covered cake pan. I purchased several of these last year at Aldi's after Christmas on clearance. I soaked the pellets in warm water and let them get completely wet. The warm water also helps to increase the humidity level, which is important for germinating Impatiens.
I sowed several seeds to a pellet, pressed the seeds in place, but left them uncovered since they also need light to germinate.
I placed the lid on top and put the container on the growing system shelf. Hopefully in as few as 7 days or as many as 30, they'll germinate.