SunPatiens are taking the country by storm so it's time you give them a try. These sun loving impatiens are a hybrid of Impatiens walleriana (regular impatiens) and Impatiens hawkeri (New Guinea Impatiens). They thrive in full to partial sun and prefer rich, well-drained soil. However, Vinca proves to be a similar style bloomer preferred by many. Many people are trying SunPatiens in place of Vinca. If you are unsure on the plant pick for you, here are some SunPatiens vs. Vinca Pros and Cons:
- SunPatiens are resistant to Downey Mildew that regular Impatiens can get and to a disease called Phytophthora that regular Vinca can get.
- SunPatiens can be planted in March, where Vinca should not be planted in our area until mid-April or later.
- During wet periods, SunPatiens will thrive because just like regular and New Guinea Impatiens they like a lot of moisture.
- If SunPatiens get tall and leggy by late summer, pinch back about 1/3 and fertilize. They will be beautiful until the first freeze. Vinca do not respond as well when being pinched back.
- SunPatiens will need to be watered more often than Vinca. Once established, Vinca is definitely more drought tolerant than SunPatiens.
- SunPatiens, at this time, only come in solid color blooms compared to some varieties of Vinca which have multiple colors in the flowers.
SunPatiens generally grow about 24" tall. They are taller than Vinca so they're not an option for a low growing sun annual.