Are sunpatiens annual or perennial?

SunPatiens can’t be beat for easy care and non-stop color. Aside from regular watering, SunPatiens are virtually maintenance free. Plant them, step back and be delighted with the results!

Baskets and Containers

  • Plant in well-drained soil if you are re-potting into larger containers or baskets
  • Incorporate a slow release fertilizer at 1/2 the label rates into the soil (if the soil you are using does not already contain fertilizer)
  • An alternative way to fertilize is to apply water-soluble fertilizer at 1/3 the label rates, as needed; do not over fertilize
  • Place containers or baskets in full sun or shade
  • Water plants well after planting and keep the media evenly moist until plants are established (7-10 days)
  • If plants wilt after they are established, simply water well and they should revive within 24 hours
  • New leaves and new flowers will cover old blooms, so you don’t need to remove old flowers or cut off older growth
  • In most cases, SunPatiens should not be cut back to control size, as it alters their natural form

In the Garden

  • Plant in well-drained soil rich in organic matter, such as compost
  • Incorporate a slow release fertilizer at 1/2 the label rates into the soil when you plant
  • An alternative way to fertilize is to apply water-soluble fertilizer at 1/3 the label rates, as needed; do not over fertilize
  • Plant in full sun or shade
  • Water plants well after planting and keep the media evenly moist until plants are established (7-10 days)
  • If plants wilt after they are established, simply water well and they should revive within 24 hours
  • In most cases, SunPatiens should not be cut back to control size as it alters their natural form; but, if Vigorous types get taller than desired in mid- to late summer, they can be cut back, taking off the top 1/3 of growth

By Ken Harr|December 3, 2012

As part of an innovative breeding project, Sakata Ornamentals created an impatiens plant with a vigorous root system that can truly withstand and thrive in full sun, partial shade and heat. Each plant is also designed for a spectacular show in garden beds, containers and hanging baskets.


The SunPatiens series not only boasts the inherent capabilities to endure the environmental conditions that would cause walleriana types or traditional New Guinea varieties to shrivel and burn, but also delivers brilliant shows of massive color from spring to frost, as well. SunPatiens have a proven reputation among growers, landscapers and gardeners, and as downy mildew devastates Impatiens walleriana, SunPatiens are being used to re-shape landscapes around the globe.

Click here for our Downy Mildew On Impatiens: Resources And Advice page, which includes all our coverage of the 20102-13 outbreak, including what to do if you find impatiens downy mildew on your crop and alternative crops to grow.

SunPatiens Deliver Value

• SunPatiens allow growers the option to direct stick into finished containers from a 306 up to 5-inch pots, saving time, labor and money.
• SunPatiens root extremely fast and produce finished liners in just two weeks.
• Reduced crop time uses less energy and yields more turns in the same space.
• SunPatiens grow well over a wide temperature range, providing flexibility with production scheduling.
• Plants can be finished under cool conditions with petunias and geraniums, saving energy and eliminating the need for PGRs.
• SunPatiens flourish under the most extreme summer heat conditions and can extend the selling season.

The SunPatiens Family

SunPatiens are offered in a wide array of colors and three distinct habits to address the specific needs of your production and target market. The first step in producing a high-quality, successful crop is to select the varieties that best meet your production goals.

Compact Series: Compact SunPatiens are bred for shorter internodes and excellent branching for a dense, bushy plant with strong retail appeal. Available in seven colors, compact SunPatiens are the perfect choice for 306, quart, gallon and hanging basket production. Compact varieties do not require growth regulator applications if plants are not grown wet with high nutrition and produced under high light.

Spreading Series: Spreading SunPatiens have a mounding habit, versus the more upright, vase-shape of the vigorous series. Ideally suited for basket and premium patio pots, these plants also perform exceptionally well in landscapes, where a rounded, spreading form is preferred.

Vigorous Series: The vigorous SunPatiens name says it all. It’s the perfect plant where fast growing color is essential. While most commonly produced in larger containers, these plants cover a lot of bare ground fast and can be offered as 60 to 70 millimeter ready-to-plant liners. This package provides quick turns for the grower and is ideal for the commercial landscaper and home gardener looking to save labor and simplify planting.

SunPatiens Production Tips

Propagation: Whether unrooted SunPatiens cuttings are direct-stuck in a multi-pack cell or into a liner tray cell, the rooting period is approximately 21 days following these recommendations:
• Sterile and well-drained media
• pH of 5.8 to 6.3; EC less than 0.75 mmhos
• Light level of 1,500 to 2,000 foot candles
• Mist moderately the first three days and then apply only as needed to keep turgid
• 70°F to 75°F soil temperature for weeks one to two. Move to cooler temps and higher light in week three to avoid stretch and tone cutting.
• After roots develop, begin weekly fertilizer 65 to 75ppm N (Cal-Mag) and full minors.
• Significant water stress during the first three weeks may delay flowering.
• In terms of PGR use, a tank mix spray of 1,500 ppm B-Nine + 2ppm A-Rest may be applied to reduce stretch during low light periods.

Transplant to Finish:Â If SunPatiens cuttings have been rooted in liners and are ready for transplanting, the grow time will be approximately six to seven weeks. If the cuttings have been direct-stuck into multi-packs or small containers, the total grow time from sticking to finish will be approximately seven to eight weeks.
High light and water restrictions are the most effective means for controlling stretch. It also conditions and tones the plant for improved shelf life and less transplant shock for the end user. Cooler temperatures (65°F in the day and 55°F at night) can also be used to reduce stretch and save energy costs but can extend production time two to three weeks. Do not pinch SunPatiens, as it destroys the plant’s natural symmetry and delays flowering.

Combining water stress with high level chemical PGRs can lead to stunted plants. If needed, a 0.05 ppm Bonzi drench applied three weeks prior to sales will tone plants without any flowering delay.

Diseases And Insects: During propagation, prevent Botrytis cinerea (gray mold) by removing any damaged cuttings or dead tissue, providing good air movement and employing strict sanitary conditions. Preventative fungicide sprays will also aid preventing the development of Botrytis.

Rhizoctonia solani (fungal root rot) is a natural fungus that causes diseases such as damping-off, root rot, crown rot, stem cankers and web blight. Rhizoctonia is a main concern for growers who direct stick SunPatiens into larger containers or use poorly aerated media.

Fungus gnats and shore flies may also introduce and spread Rhizoctonia within a crop. Biological and chemical methods are available for controlling these insects. Sanitation is always the first defense against Rhizoctonia. Use sterile, soil-less growing medium, clean pots and flats, and keep field soil away from propagation areas. If preventative drenches are necessary, select those labeled as safe for use on New Guinea Impatiens. Always scout for thrips, whiteflies, aphids and leaf miners by setting out yellow or blue sticky cards and monitor insect populations closely. Apply the appropriate insecticides as needed, taking care to spray only according to label directions.

Ken Harr () is technical product manager for Sakata Ornamentals. See all author stories here.

Care Of New Guinea Impatiens – Knowledgebase Question

New Guinea Impatiens (Impatiens hawkeri)
Posted by plantladylin
are perennial plants, generally grown outdoors as summer annuals. There are a number of species, either upright or spreading, usually with large leaves, often variegated with cream or red. The flower colors range from lavender, purple, pink, red, and orange. All grow well in pots with some exposure to sunshine (shade from hottest afternoon sun), ample moisture and regular feeding. Since you’ve planted yours in containers, use commercial potting soil, water before the soil becomes dry, and feed every 3-4 weeks with a diluted liquid fertilizer.
New Guinea Impatiens is a popular houseplant that will bloom all winter long if its needs are met.
Here are some handy hints for keeping your plant happy while indoors:
Provide average household temperatures, minimum of 55F in winter. Give bright light, with a few hours of direct sunlight in the winter to promote flowering. Keep potting soil moist but not soggy wet. Mist leaves if the air is dry but don’t get water on flower petals or they will become spotted. Repot in the spring, using fresh potting soil.
You can take stem cuttings or divide the roots in spring to propagate your plant.

SunPatiens Spreading Scarlet Red New Guinea Impatiens

This variety is ideal for large areas, producing masses of fast color; thrives in sun and shade, does well in heat, yet tolerates light frost; vigorous and disease resistant.

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Other Species Names: New Guinea Impatiens, Busy Lizzie, Busy Lizzy

Plant Height: 30 in.

Spread: 30 in.

Evergreen: No

Plant Form: mounded

Summer Foliage Color: dark green

Minimum Sunlight: shade

Maximum Sunlight: full sun

SunPatiens Spreading Scarlet Red New Guinea Impatiens features bold scarlet round flowers at the ends of the stems from mid spring to early fall. Its pointy leaves remain dark green in color throughout the season. The fruit is not ornamentally significant.

Landscape Attributes

SunPatiens Spreading Scarlet Red New Guinea Impatiens is a dense herbaceous annual with a mounded form. Its medium texture blends into the garden, but can always be balanced by a couple of finer or coarser plants for an effective composition.This plant will require occasional maintenance and upkeep, and should not require much pruning, except when necessary, such as to remove dieback. It has no significant negative characteristics.SunPatiens Spreading Scarlet Red New Guinea Impatiens is recommended for the following landscape applications;Mass PlantingBorder EdgingGeneral Garden UseContainer PlantingHanging Baskets

Planting & Growing

SunPatiens Spreading Scarlet Red New Guinea Impatiens will grow to be about 30 inches tall at maturity, with a spread of 30 inches. When grown in masses or used as a bedding plant, individual plants should be spaced approximately 26 inches apart. Its foliage tends to remain dense right to the ground, not requiring facer plants in front. This fast-growing annual will normally live for one full growing season, needing replacement the following year.This plant performs well in both full sun and full shade. It does best in average to evenly moist conditions, but will not tolerate standing water. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is highly tolerant of urban pollution and will even thrive in inner city environments. This particular variety is an interspecific hybrid. It can be propagated by cuttings; however, as a cultivated variety, be aware that it may be subject to certain restrictions or prohibitions on propagation.SunPatiens Spreading Scarlet Red New Guinea Impatiens is a fine choice for the garden, but it is also a good selection for planting in outdoor containers and hanging baskets. It can be used either as ‘filler’ or as a ‘thriller’ in the ‘spiller-thriller-filler’ container combination, depending on the height and form of the other plants used in the container planting. Note that when growing plants in outdoor containers and baskets, they may require more frequent waterings than they would in the yard or garden.


Impatiens have traditionally been one of the most popular bedding plants in the United States because of their beauty and ease to grow. Few annuals that grow in shade provide the range or intensity of color as impatiens. Unfortunately, particular species of impatiens are susceptible to the disease impatiens downy mildew caused by a water mold, Plasmopara obducens.

Impatiens have always been a mainstay in South Carolina landscapes. In the spring of 2013, downy mildew became a limiting factor for old-fashioned impatiens. New Guinea and interspecific impatiens are alternatives.
Photo by Millie Davenport, © 2017 HGIC, Clemson Extension


Compact impatiens grow 10 to 16 inches tall and approximately 10 to 15 inches wide. Newer varieties of impatiens grow to heights reaching up to 36 inches.

Ornamental Features

The wide range of flower colors includes red, orange, salmon, rose, pink, white, violet, and lavender blue. New Guinea Impatiens also offer exciting variations in leaf color.

Landscape Use

Impatiens are tender annuals throughout South Carolina. They work well for edging shady beds, mass plantings under trees, window boxes, and hanging baskets.

Many older types of impatiens thrive in filtered or partial shade and must have protection from hot afternoon sun to maintain their colors. The soft, fleshy stems wilt quickly when in need of water. Newer varieties of impatiens tolerate heat allowing them to grow in much more sunny locations. Plants grown in soil under trees will need extra water and fertilizer, since they are competing with tree roots.

All types of impatiens do best in a rich, moist soil mulched to maintain adequate moisture. Fertilize monthly with a water-soluble fertilizer.

Impatiens are easy-care annuals that develop a beautiful shape without pinching or pruning. In addition, impatiens are self-cleaning, so removal of spent flowers is not required.

Start impatiens seed indoors six to 10 weeks prior to planting outside. After the last chance of frost, harden off impatiens seedlings, and then set the plants in the garden. A quicker way to get impatiens is to purchase transplants from a local nursery or garden center. Space tall-growing varieties 18 inches apart and compact varieties 8 to 10 inches apart. If planted too close together, plants become taller and leggier.

Impatiens grow well in containers. Use a soil-less growing mix with good drainage. Impatiens grown in containers need more frequent watering and possibly more fertilizing than those grown in the garden.


Impatiens are somewhat trouble-free in the home landscape when the more disease resistant varieties are grown. Impatiens tend to be susceptible to moisture stress. Plants allowed to wilt will drop leaves and flowers. Keep them well watered, but not soggy, at all times. Diseases including damping-off during germination, fungal blights and rots, and viruses can occur.

The once commonly grown species Impatiens walleriana, and its hybrids, appear less in the landscape because of issues with impatiens downy mildew. Other species of impatiens susceptible to this disease are I. balsamina (Balsam Impatiens) and the native impatiens, I. pallida and I. capensis (Jewelweed).

Downy mildew of impatiens typically presents itself in late summer. It often begins with young plants and new growth showing signs of yellowing or yellow and green leaf stippling followed by the downward curling of the leaf. As the fungus continues to grow, a white, downy growth becomes evident on the underside of the leaf. Blooms may begin to drop followed by the leaves. Bare stems remain behind. If left, stems will wither and die leaving bare patches.

Impatiens downy mildew thrives during moist, wet conditions. High humidity further encourages the disease. Cultural controls to reduce leaf wetness include good soil drainage, adequate plant spacing to promote proper air circulation, sanitation (removing diseased plants immediately), and watering below the plant rather than overhead. Drip irrigation or soaker hoses placed in flowerbeds allow for ground level watering and help maintain leaf dryness. There will be some limited control of downy mildew on impatiens with fungicides. Some fungicides for homeowners include potassium salts of phosphorous acid (Monterey Agri-Fos), mancozeb (Bonide Mancozeb or Southern Ag Dithane M-45), or azoxystrobin (Heritage).

Remove plants showing severe symptoms of impatiens downy mildew for off-site disposal. Do not place diseased plants in compost bins where compost will be used later in the landscape. The disease can remain in the ground for several years. Replant the site with another type of flowering plant depending on amount of light the location receives.

Alternative species and cultivars of impatiens are more tolerant to impatiens downy mildew, such as New Guinea impatiens and interspecific hybrid impatiens. On the down side, New Guinea impatiens may experience problems with spider mites, thrips, mealybugs, and aphids infestations.

Always grow plants under their optimum growing conditions to keep them as healthy as possible. This will reduce disease and insect problems in the future.

Species & Cultivars

Impatiens cultivars are usually sold as part of a series with similar growth characteristics and a wide range of color.

Old-Fashioned Impatiens: Old-fashioned Impatiens (Impatiens walleriana), also known as Impatiens, Sultana, Touch-me-not, and Busy Lizzie, is the traditional impatiens species. It has a mounding habit, long bloom, and incredible range of colors. The common name Touch-me-not was given because the slightest touch will cause the ripe, full seedpods to burst open and scatter seeds into the wind. Impatiens often reseed in the garden, but the seedlings will gradually revert to producing tall plants with a mix of colors unlike those originally planted.

Old-Fashioned Impatiens range in height from 8 inches to 2 feet tall, depending on the cultivar. Many cultivars will be taller than descriptions in catalogs in hot southern summers. Heat-tolerant cultivars will remain more compact. Flowers are from one to 2 inches across. Taller plants produce larger flowers. Flowers can be single, semi-double, or fully double blooms that look like miniature roses.

Old-Fashioned Impatiens series include:

  • ‘Accent’ series are dwarf, large-flowering and have outstanding summer-long flowering in shade.
  • ‘Blitz’ series has very large 2½-inch blooms on uniform compact plants. They are drought-and heat-tolerant.
  • ‘Carousel’ series has the largest percentage of double blooms of any double impatiens. The compact, well-branched plants flower freely.
  • Dazzler® series grows 9 to 11 inches tall, 13 to 15 inches wide in shade. They are compact plants with large blooms and enormous flower production. Ideal for containers.
  • DeZire® series grows 8 to 10 inches tall, 12 to 14 inches wide in shade. They are versatile for in-ground use as well as containers and hanging baskets.
  • Expo® series grows 12 to 16 inches tall and 12 to 14 inches in shade. They perform well across a wide range of conditions.
  • Fiesta™ series grows 10 to 14 inches tall and 10 to 12 inches wide in shade or partial sun. Produce double blooms.
  • Impreza® series grows 8 to 10 inches tall and 6 to 8 inches wide in shade. They have a compact form and lodge or open up in the middle less.
  • Super Elfin® series grows 8 to 10 inches tall and 12 to 14 inches wide in shade. Known for abundant bloom and compact habit even in heat.
  • Super Elfin® XP series grows 8 to 10 inches and 12 to 14 inches wide in shade. Known for compact habit and uniformity.

New Guineas: New Guinea Impatiens (Impatiens hawkeri) have leaves that are large and brightly colored bronze or purple with yellow or pink midribs. They have large showy flowers in various colors usually grown from cuttings.

New Guinea (Impatiens hawkeri) impatiens can be planted in sunnier locations than old-fashioned impatiens, but also still tolerate shade.
Photo by Barbara Smith, ©2017 HGIC, Clemson Extension

New Guineas grow in partial to full sun. Unfortunately, they need so much water to do well in full sun that few gardeners can keep up. New Guineas grow best where they will receive morning sun and afternoon shade. An eastern exposure is ideal. Gardeners who can water the plants very frequently may want to try them in full sun.

New Guinea series include:

  • Celebration series grows 10 to 16 inches tall and 10 to 16 inches wide in partial to full sun. Landscape uses include borders and containers.
  • Celebrette series grows 8 to 10 inches tall and 10 to 12 inches wide in partial to full shade. It has a compact form that produces large blooms.
  • Clockwork™ series grows 8 to 10 inches tall and 10 to 12 inches wide in shade to partial sun. They have uniform habit of growth.
  • Devine™ series grows 10 to 14 inches tall and 12 to 14 inches wide in partial sun. Foliage ranges from green to green-bronze.
  • Harmony® series grows 10 to 18 inches tall and 10 to 18 inches wide in partial to full sun. They bloom early and consistently until fall.
  • Magnum series grows 12 to 18 inches tall and 12 to 24 inches tall in partial to full sun. Suited for border, mass planting, and containers.
  • SunStanding™ series grows 36 inches tall and wide in shade or sun.

Several exceptional New Guinea cultivars include:

  • ‘Celebration Candy Pink’ is a light pink

bicolored variety with dark green foliage.

  • ‘Celebration Light Lavender’ is a lavender variety with green variegated foliage.
  • ‘Nebulus’ is an excellent selection with salmon-flowers and green foliage.
  • ‘Equinox’ is a good selection for light pink flowers. It has bronze, nonvariegated


  • ‘Sunglow’ has salmon-orange bicolored flowers and dark green variegated foliage.
  • ‘Tango’ can be grown from seed. It has extra-large orange flowers that are set against handsome foliage on 15-inch plants.

Interspecific Impatiens: Interspecific Impatiens (which are hybrids between New Guinea impatiens and other downy mildew resistant Impatiens species) thrive in shade to full sun situations and have downy mildew resistance.

SunPatiens tolerate more sun and have resistance to downy mildew.
Photo by Barbara Smith, © 2017 HGIC, Clemson Extension

Interspecific Impatiens series include:

  • Bounce™ series grows 14 to 20 inches tall and 14 to 20 inches wide in partial sun. They are low maintenance and fast flowering.
  • Big Bounce™ series grows 20 to 30 inches tall and 20 to 36 inches wide in partial sun. Similar to the Bounce™ series with larger blooms.
  • SunPatiens® Compact Series grows 14 to 32 inches tall and 14 to 24 inches wide in partial shade to full sun. Continuous color persists until frost.
  • SunPatiens® Spreading Series grows 18 to 36 inches tall and 24 to 36 inches wide in partial shade to full sun. Ideal for baskets or “quick fill-in” locations.
  • SunPatiens® Vigorous Series grows 24 to 42 inches tall and 24 to 30 inches wide in partial shade to full-sun. Strong stems hold up in rain and wind.

Hybridizers and seed houses are continually introducing new species and cultivars of impatiens.

By Greenhouse Grower Staff|April 15, 2015

‘SunPatiens Compact Royal Magenta’ from Sakata Seed

Sakata Seed America launched an upgraded, completely redesigned SunPatiens website on March 1 that offers information on how to grow SunPatiens, where to grow them and how to find them. The new website is the latest in Sakata’s larger marketing push to promote SunPatiens along with the SunPatiens Facebook page and SunPatiens Pinterest page. It offers a wealth of information on everything there is to know about SunPatiens for Sakata’s customers and also provides marketing support for growers, distributors and retailers.


“We want to help consumers understand all of the benefits of SunPatiens compared to traditional New Guinea impatiens and inspire them to use SunPatiens wherever and however possible. SunPatiens are vibrant and versatile, and we want to spread the word,” says Alecia Troy, Sakata’s Senior Marketing Manager.

The revamped website includes an in-depth at the growth habits of SunPatiens — compact, vigorous and spreading — and a “Do-It-Yourself” section that spotlights projects intended to inspire. A photo gallery features colorful, ready-to-use images for sharing on social media. And a “Find SunPatiens” feature allows site users to see who carries them.

Even though the new site is geared toward the consumer, growers, distributors and retailers interested in SunPatiens can click the ‘Trade’ button on the new site, or visit for pertinent information such as POS materials, culture guides and where to buy SunPatiens.

For more information, visit

What Are Sunpatiens: How To Plant Sunpatiens In Garden Beds

Impatiens, also known as the touch-me-not plant, is a very popular flowering plant suited to garden beds and containers. Native to forest floors, it has to be grown in the shade to avoid being scorched by the sun. Sunpatiens is a relatively new impatiens hybrid that thrives in full sun and hot, humid weather, greatly expanding the area in which gardeners can spread impatiens color. Keep reading to learn more about how to plant sunpatiens and sunpatiens plant care.

What are Sunpatiens Plants?

Sunpatiens is a hybrid bred by the Japanese seed company Sakata. It is a careful combination of wild “traditional” impatiens (from a plant species native to Indonesia) with the larger, heat-loving Impatiens hawkeri, native to New Guinea. The result is a variety of impatiens that thrives in full sun and hot, humid weather and blooms straight through from spring to autumn. It’s an excellent container and bedding flower for long lasting color.

Interestingly, the Indonesian government agreed that Sakata may continue to use “indigenous genetic resources” from their country so more SunPatiens varieties may become available, but they must follow guidelines put in place by the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD). This essentially ensures the conservation of plant-rich countries, like Indonesia or South Africa.

Sunpatiens Plant Care

Growing sunpatiens plants is very easy and low maintenance. The plants prefer well-draining soil that’s rich in organic material. They grow very well in both containers and garden beds, and they like full sun or partial shade.

For the first week or two after planting, they should be watered every day to get them established. After that, they need only moderate watering and can usually be revived from wilting with a good dose of water.

Sunpatiens companion plants are any colorful flowering plants that also enjoy full sun. When growing sunpatiens plants, especially if grouping with other plant varieties, it’s important to know how much space you are looking to fill in. Sunpatiens plants come in three size categories: compact, spreading, and vigorous.

Compact and spreading plants are both perfect for containers. (Compact plants stay small while the spreading ones fill out a hanging basket or pot spectacularly). Vigorous plants are best for garden beds, as they grow fast and fill out a space with bright color quickly and effectively.

Breakthrough agreement signed by the Republic of Indonesia (IAARD) and Sakata Seed Corporation for cooperation in the production of Interspecific hybrid impatiens based on the principles of the Convention on Biological Diversity.

Sakata Seed Corporation and the Indonesian government have formally agreed on the utilization of indigenous genetic resources for the further development of SunPatiens®. This agreement is based on the Convention on Biological Diversity (hereafter, CBD). There are only a few cases known in the world of such an agreement based on CBD in the category of horticultural plants, made between a resource-rich country and a commercial seed company.

SunPatiens® offered by Sakata Seed Corporation, is an assortment of garden flowers that was developed in line with the principles of CBD, in collaboration with the Indonesian Agency for Agricultural Research and Development (IAARD) for access to its native resources. SunPatiens® uses the breeding material of Indonesia’s native species of Impatiens.

In the early 2000s, IAARD and Sakata made a basic agreement for the utilization of this native species and Sakata has been conducting research and development ever since. Starting with this basic agreement, Sakata has been using Indonesian collection of genetic resources of Impatiens by applying material transfer agreement following CBD convention.

SunPatiens® was commercially launched in 2006, and has grown to be recognized worldwide as one of the best performing flowering annuals in its category, especially in Japan, Europe and North and South America. Part of the revenue generated from sales of the product is being allocated based on the agreement for Access and Benefit-Sharing for utilization of genetic resources (hereafter, ABS agreement). Sakata pays a share of the SunPatiens® royalty proceeds to the Indonesian government and, in addition, performs technology transfer as a non-monetary benefit sharing.

In 2014, the two parties updated the collaboration and implemented an innovative joint research project based on the new national measures. In 2016, both parties will continue to collaborate and will proceed with joint research of Indonesia and Sakata that will further contribute to the development of even better cooperative structures for the utilization of genetic resources and the conservation and utilization of biological diversity as an irreplaceable heritage of humankind.

Reference materials

Convention on Biological Diversity and the initiatives of Sakata Seed Corporation

In the past we have worked for developing genetic resources on the basis of the Convention on Biological Diversity. The garden plant “Mecardonia yellow chrosite” of the Scrophulariaceae family, released in November 2007, was developed by our company on the basis of the joint exploration of genetic resources by the Argentina’s National Agricultural Technology Institute (INTA) and Sakata Seed Corporation. Part of the revenue from the product has been returned to Argentina based on the Agreement for Access and Benefit-Sharing of genetic resources from the Convention on Biological Diversity and helps protect the country’s biological resources.

Technological assistance to Indonesian Agency for Agricultural Research Development

In the next five years we are going to provide breeding support to the Indonesian Ornamental Crops Research Institute (IOCRI). In addition to having our breeders given lectures on breeding technology to IOCRI, the two parties are planning to conduct joint collection, evaluation and selection for the genetic resources in Indonesia. It should be noted that the company possesses preferential rights for commercialization of the new superior varieties which IOCRI obtains from our support.

About “SunPatiensⓇ”

SunPatiensⓇ, an interspecific hybrid of the Balsaminaceae family Impatiens genus, is a garden plant developed with Sakata’s breeding techniques. Currently, there are about 30 varieties sold worldwide. Its greatest features are the breakthrough growth vigour, the high heat tolerance withstanding the high temperatures and strong sunlight of summer, and the chance to enjoy a continuous bloom of vivid flowers for an extended period of time. It produces large plants of about 60cm in pot and about 1m in bedding. The extremely vivid colour range includes orange, white, pink and red. Moreover, thanks to its strong roots the plant stands up to high winds and its thick petals endure wind and rain. With such features it is perfect for the garden, of course, as well as for flower beds in parks and plantings in public institutions. Since its launch in 2006, the high-performance of “SunPatiensⓇ” is receiving worldwide praise from gardening enthusiasts and landscape architects, coming from Japan, North America, Europe, and South America. With worldwide cumulative total sales exceeding 100 million plants, it is spreading around the world as a new standard for horticultural plants.

“SunPatiensⓇ” awards

  • “Euroflora2006” (2006, Italy): Gold Award
  • “The First (2006-2007) Japan Flower Selections” (2006, Japan): Best Flower Award, etc.
  • “The Second (2007-2008) Japan Flower Selections” (2007, Japan) Flower of the Year Award
  • “Outstanding Varieties Competition” (2008, USA): Best in Class: Bedding Plant Award
  • “Four Oaks Trade Show” (2008, United Kingdom): Best Plant Introduction Bedding or Pot Plant Award
  • “Royal Horticultural Society” (2009, United Kingdom): Award of Merit
  • “Euroflora 2011” (2011, Italy): most prominently FIRST PRIZE in category (Impatiens)
  • “Royal Horticultural Society” (2014, United Kingdom) 4 x AGM (Award of Garden Merit)
  • “Royal Horticultural Society” (2014, United Kingdom) ‘People’s Choice Award’
  • “All-America Selections 2015” (2015, USA): AAS Flower Award Winner

For further information about SunPatiensⓇ or high resolution images please contact:

Gill Corless

Marketing and Retail Manager, Europe

Sakata Ornamentals

Saturnusstraat 1

NL-2132 HB Hoofddorp

Tel: +31 23 554 3224

Email: [email protected]

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