Disease makes impatiens a risky addition in the landscape

06/14/2013 | Westerly Sun (R.I.), The

A disease known as "downy mildew" can easily infect impatiens, making them a risky addition to the landscape, according to this article. Mitch Levcowich, co-owner of Pleasant Acres nursery in Westerly, R.I., says he sells healthy impatiens but warns they could still be infected by contaminated plants nearby. Coleus, violas, ferns or pansies may be a good alternative, said Rosanne Sherry, coordinator of the University of Rhode Island Master Gardener Association.

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