We’re planting …

the new bedding impatiens, Beacon, that blooms from spring to the first frost and is highly resistant to downy mildew. Busy Lizzies (Impatiens walleriana) used to fill shady gardens, until the fungus disease wiped them out. After years of breeding and collaboration, seed growers have finally bred a highly resistant variety. It was successfully trialled overseas and in Joburg last year and the thumbs-up given for its release this spring. Beacon does not require any special treatment. It does best in shade to semi-shade, requires well-composted soil and regular watering. Fertilize once a month with a liquid fertilizer to encourage plentiful flowers. Flower colours are bright red, orange, violet shades, salmon, white and coral as well as a mix. This highly resistant impatiens is identifiable from other varieties by a colourful Beacon label.
Details: ballstraathof.co.za

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