Customers advised to take a break from impatiens and consider alternative plants

The HTA is recommending that customers are advised to take a break from impatiens this year and that suggests that retailers promote alternative plants.

The suggested alternatives include Begonia semperflorens hybrids, Petunia 'Grandiflora' and 'Multiflora' as well as New Guinea impatiens.

If retailers sell impatiens, then the HTA recommends issuing a warning to watch out for the symptoms of the disease.

Business development director Tim Briercliffe said: "Garden centres are sure to get requests for busy Lizzies. It is important that customers are made aware of the issue so they can make their own decision."

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