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From: Sarah Dolley
Bolingbrook, IL
A few years ago I heard advice to refrain from planting impatiens to avoid spreading disease. I was just given a hanging basket of impatiens as a gift. Should I keep them inside? Most of the advice I am finding online is from 2 years ago, and I wasn't sure whether the situation had changed.

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From: James Schmidt
Extension Specialist, Home Horticulture/4-H
Department of Crop Sciences
The advice of not planting impatiens was that if the previous years planting became infected (with downy mildew), additional plantings would be infected. You won't have much success keeping the hanging basket indoors - it will decline over time because of conditions. It may or may not be one of the new resistant types (Bounce, Big Bounce). If not, you still have a good chance they won't be infected because it is a hanging basket and not being planted directly in the ground. Just watch it through the season - if it develops white fuzzy growth on the undersides of the leaves and drops the foliage, discard it.

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