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Depending on the variety, grandiflora petunias are available in a range of colours and in single, double, ruffled or fringed forms.
Common name: Petunia
Color: Pink, Purple, Red, White, Yellow.
Bloom time: November to March
Height: 8 to 30 inches (20 to 75 cm)
Difficulty level: Easy
Planting & Care
Growing petunias can offer long term colour in the summer landscape and brighten dreary borders with lovely pastel colours. Proper petunia care is simple and easy. After learning how to plant petunias you can include them in your flower bed and container garden.
Sunlight: It needs to be planted in the sun.
Soil: Petunias thrive in well-drained and fertile soil.
Water: Keep the soil lightly but consistently moist until the plants are established. Thereafter, water approximately once every week to 10 days or whenever the soil is dry. Provide enough water to saturate the soil to a depth of 6 to 8 inches. Don t water again until the soil is dry as petunias are prone to rot in soggy soil. Water early in the day to prevent diseases, such as mildew and rot.
Temprature: Grow on at about 15°C until well established, then reduce the temperature 10°C to develop a well-branched plant. Try to keep temperatures below 15°C as high temperatures encourage leggy growth.
Fertilizer: Feed grandiflora petunias monthly, using a dry or water-soluble, general-purpose garden fertilizer. Apply the fertilizer according to the guidelines on the container, and then water deeply to distribute the fertilizer throughout the root zone.
- You can grow petunias from seeds, but it is easier to grow them from transplants.
- If you are going to grow from seeds, start them indoors 10 to 12 weeks before you want to set them outside.
- Petunia seeds are very small and needs lots of light in order to germinate.
- Remember to water them.
- When the plants have three leaves, you can plant them outside.
- It s best to buy transplants and plant them in light, well-drained soil in full sun after the last spring frost.
- Petunias can grow in partial shade, but they will have fewer flowers.
- It s better if the plants have shelter from the wind.
- Space the plants about 1 foot apart.
- If you re planting petunias in containers, use a soil-less mix.
- Care of petunias includes regular watering and as much sunlight as possible to promote multiple blooms.
- Spreading ground cover petunias are pickiest about water, weekly watering should be included in the care of petunias.
- While petunias will grow in a partially shaded location, a fuller and more abundant bloom is produced in full sun.
- Soil prepared before planting petunias should have well-composted organic matter worked in.
- Care of petunias will include regular fertilization with a balanced, water soluble fertilizer designed for blooming plants.
- As they are heavy feeders, petunias care will also include weekly feedings.
- Proper light, water and fertilization when caring for petunias will ensure a long season of beautiful blooms.
- Proper petunia care involves removing spent blooms and the seeds they may produce.
- When dead-heading the growing petunias, remove the base of the flower to include seed removal.
- Petunias allowed to go to seed will slow or stop blooming.
- It is an excellent border plant.
- It can also be used as bedding plants.
- It brings about a sea of change to the garden during the winter, when it is in bloom.
- Distance of planting should be 12" CC.
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