Photo Courtesy of Dummen

New Guinea impatiens hawkerii 'Paradise Select Salmon'


Paradise Salmon features salmon round flowers at the end of each stem, from mid spring to early fall. It requires a space of 9-15 inches to properly grow. The ability to thrive in full shade or partial sun, complement many other plants or flowers, or simply stand alone make it a great choice for your home and garden.

Height: 12-18 in

Spread: 10-14 in

USDA Zone: Zones 10 - 12

Color: Salmon

Interesting Notes:

New Guinea Impatiens are upright, warm weather annuals and tender perennials. These seasonal favorites offer a full spectrum of vibrant colors on bold blossoms and rich lance-shaped leaves. Impatiens are shade tolerant with a well-branching nature and compact growth habit. These beautiful plants offer large, round, vibrant flowers, appearing early in the season and forming a canopy of color which continues in warm weather conditions. The lush green or red foliage grows to form upright, rounded mounds covered by five-pedaled, flattened flowers. This suite of tropical perennials was collected from the island of Papa New Guinea, which is northeast of Australia and thrives in similar warm climates, seasonal or geographical.

New Guinea Harmony is a series bred by Danziger, the Paradise and Pure Beauty collection comes from the Dummen Group, while the New Guinea Sonic and Super Sonic series are bred by Syngenta. New Guineas are commonly used as a border plant around the garden, in hanging baskets, or for mass planting in the landscape. The taller and fuller varieties go nicely as mixed fillers in the garden. New Guineas grow best in moist, fertile, well-drained soil, and is a full shade to partial sun exposure flower. New Guineas also have a long bloom life. Key features include shade tolerance and no deadheading required.

Growing Tips for Homeowners:

As with every plant purchase, it is important to look for quality at the start! During the purchasing process, be sure to avoid plants that look exhausted. Finding a fresh young plant, without yellowing foliage or dying flowers is very important. Look for lush foliage and healthy vibrant colored flowers as indication of the plant's care thus far. This will ensure an easy start for you, and a long life for your plant.

After locating and purchasing a quality plant at the store, it is important to find the perfect place for it at your home. New Guineas are a full shade annual that thrives in the shade. The best time for planting your flower is mid-spring or early summer, after the threat of frost has passed. Be careful not to take your plant outside too early in the spring. If there is still a chance of frost in your area, keep your plant safe indoors, maintaining care in the container. New Guineas will last from late spring, through the summer, until the finish of fall. They are good pioneer plants in the garden, until other plants become more established.

An important key to remember when planting your Impatiens is spacing. New Guineas will thrive in optimal conditions and fill out any space they are given to grow in. Utilize their mounding habit to create color blocking in the garden or bold potted arrangements, but be sure to give them enough room to grow!

New Guineas are a fairly low maintenance plant that is shade tolerant. Regular water application, along with fertilizer or compost application will ensure optimal plant performance. Be sure to apply low to the ground, near the plant’s main stem, avoiding wetting the plant’s foliage, for quick absorption and utilization. New Guineas require a good moisture level but must be well drained. It is important to ensure good drainage in both containers and landscaping, to prevent diseases like root rot. Drainage holes, elevated flower gardens, and proper soil composition are three great ways to prevent root rot and help your plants maintain a healthy moisture level.

Another great feature of New Guineas are their bloom production. These beauties will continuously bloom all season. While the plant does not require deadheading, if your plants start to look messy, feel free to trim them back to keep them tight and well-shaped. After pinching back, your plant should begin to bloom again within 1–2 weeks. Do not be afraid to remove spent flowers to encourage continued flower bud production.

Preparing the ground for your plants is always an important key to maintaining healthy plants. Pests like slugs and snails are attracted to the environment created in flower gardens and landscaping. Prevention of these types of pests includes clearing the area of holes where such pests can live. Aphids and thrips may also pose a threat to your New Guinea, but are usually taken care of by predator insects. These tiny pests usually hide on the underside of leaves and are difficult to see because of their small size.

The earliest prevention against disease and pest threat is careful examination during the purchasing process. It is important to know the difference between harmful pests and beneficial insects. Some insects may lay their eggs on your plant’s leaves in order to feed on the pests, which is actually beneficial to your flower. Removal of the wrong eggs could potentially promote pest survival and growth. New Guinea flowers attract butterflies and hummingbirds, adding a touch of beauty to your garden while promoting pollination and plant growth.

Characteristics & Attributes:


Attracts Wildlife:

  • Butterflies
  • Hummingbirds

Attributes:

  • Compact
  • Shade Tolerant
  • Great Foliage
  • No Deadheading

Design Use:

  • Focal Point
  • Window Boxes
  • Edging
  • Filler
  • Shade Gardens
  • Woodland Edge
  • Container
  • Versatile
  • Mass Planting
  • Border
  • Hanging Baskets
  • Tropical
  • Ground Cover

Exposure:

  • Part Sun
  • Full Shade

Foliage Color:

  • Dark Green

Habit:

  • Upright Mounding

Season of Interest (Flowering):

  • Fall
  • Summer
  • Spring

Season of Interest (Foliage):

  • Spring
  • Fall
  • Summer

Soil Moisture:

  • Moist
  • Well Drained
  • Average

Vigor:

  • Compact