Petunia flowers are the most popular bedding plants, but they also make great flowers for container gardening and are a great pick for an edible flower garden.
Native to South America, Petunias come in a variety of colors from white and pink to yellow, purple and red.
In terms of the meaning of the Petunia flower, Petunia means resentment or anger. On a positive note, it can also mean, “Your presence soothes me.” The petunia capitol of the world is in Dixon, Illinois.
Petunia care is simple since the flower requires little care. The trumpet-shaped flower of the petunia plant blooms all summer in the North and in the fall and winter in Florida and parts of the South.
With a sprawling, low growth habit, petunias look great as borders in the flower garden.
Here are some Petunia flower facts and tips for growing petunias:
No. 1: Most petunias are hybrids. Choose the right kind for your purpose. If you are looking for spreading petunias choose the Surfinia, the Wave, Cascadia or Supertunia; they don’t need as much deadheading and work nicely for container gardening
No. 2: Old fashioned petunias include the glandifloras with larger flowers and the multifloras.
No. 3: When growing petunias in containers or using petunias in hanging baskets, make sure to use a potting soil rich with fertilizer. Give the petunias liquid feedings once every other week.
No. 4: Growing Petunias in Florida is easy. If you live in Florida, start Petunia seeds six to 10 weeks before you intend to plant them, which would be in the fall when the summer heat has faded. Or purchase the Petunia bedding plants from a local nursery and plant around October or early November.
No. 5: If your petunias not flowering try watering and deadheading the dead blooms. Deadhead to make the plant bushier and prolong the bloom period. If your petunias are still not blooming, make sure you used the best soil for growing petunias with peat and vermiculite for proper drainage. Also grow in full sun or part shade.
If you live in the North and want to grow petunia from seed, start them six to 10 weeks before the last frost in the spring. Whether you enjoy them in the spring, summer or fall the petunia plants can bring flower power to your yard!
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