They would bloom beautifully all summer long with minimal care needed; a little dead-heading, a couple miracle-grow shots. Submitted by The Editors on June 22, 2018 - 3:57pm. ‘Celebrity’ series petunias are compact and rain-tolerant. A thorough watering once a week should be sufficient (unless there are prolonged periods of drought in your area). Push wood planks around the plant about 6 inches deep to slow down and control the spread of the plant. Yes. The pots would fill abundantly with lovely multi-colored flowers hanging all the way to the ground by mid July. They are prolific bloomers, although some forms require deadheading to keep them going. One of the most popular annuals, petunias add mountains of color to garden beds and containers. Submitted by Diane Jester on June 26, 2019 - 12:45pm, Submitted by The Editors on June 27, 2019 - 3:52pm. If you are going to grow from seeds, start them indoors about 10 weeks before you want to set them outside. It's Nov 20th in 9a zone. This will encourage more branching and flowers. I have two hanging baskets of burgundy starry night petunias- they are (were) gorgeous. Petunias are divided into different groups, mainly based on flower size: Petunias have few serious insect or disease pests. Ecology. Most are not quite as ground-hugging as the original. You can make your own insecticidal soap or buy it at a garden center. can I spray guard tech seven on my seeding petunias, Submitted by Priscilla on May 19, 2019 - 7:18pm, Check our 12 uses of vinigar. Invasive Mexican petunias form large, horizontal roots that grow above and below ground, making them difficult to remove, and even small pieces that are overlooked can regrow. Petunias in containers also need more watering depending on their size and the volume of the soil that they contain. Only 6 inches high, these ones can spread out several feet, still putting out flowers all the way. Will it recover? They don’t tend to flower in the shade. Hanging Basket or Container for a Petunia Plant Culture? We've had several frosts and the flowers and leaves still look good. They are compact, early blooming with 1½-to 2-inch blooms that come in a wide variety of colors, and ideal for ground cover. No matter which variety appeals to you, there will be a whole rainbow of colors you can work with, in either solid hues or bi-color. BONUS: You’ll also receive our Almanac Companion newsletter! Height can vary from 6 inches to 18 inches. Petunias like well-draining soil and full sunlight. Growing Wave Petunias. We are over run with ant hills all over the place. The spreading ground-cover types of petunias should be planted at least 1 1/2 feet apart. It was cyclical. Ideally, petunias are planted in the ground as seeds, as replanting them doesn’t always work. I noticed that they are very leafy not many flowers so do I have to pinch out the centrepiece to help flower growth please, Submitted by Rebecca Brink on June 6, 2020 - 9:38am, "I have several hanging baskets of petunias along the back of my house, i"m dead heading them daily, my husband says they need trimmed to be healthier, is this true & if so how do you trim them", Submitted by Betty on July 9, 2019 - 1:47pm. The seeds can remain in the soil and germinate years after the plants have been eradicated. You can transplant a larger container of Wave Petunias or a hanging basket of Cool Wave Pansies right in the garden. These tough plants are capable of producing loads of blooms all season long and come in a wide variety of colors and patterns. Multifloras and grandifloras do. Learning how to deadhead petunias is an easy task. They are inexpensive, easy to grow and spread color throughout your flower beds. Submitted by John on August 7, 2018 - 8:33am. It’s best to buy young plants from a nursery which often sells petunias in flats. I HAVE "INSPECTED" THEM AND CAN,T FIND ANY EVIDENCE OF A CRITTER. Growth habits range from slightly mounded to trailing, depending on the variety. Submitted by Karen Irwin on June 23, 2019 - 10:05am. Petunia Supertunia® generally stand around 6- 10 inches tall and can spread/trail up to 24-36 inches, with the exception of Vistas petunias which have a mounding habit and can get 24 inches tall and 24-36 inches wide. Planting Petunias In Containers And Hanging Baskets. There is a third type of petunias... trailing. Wave petunias prefer a … Older garden petunia plants can be pruned prune hard (within a few inches of the base) to re-encourage vigor, especially in cooler climates, but keep the remaining leaves. Wave petunia plants are so versatile they can accent almost any part of … Any advice please. Try looking up the uses for Baking Soda from sprays to fertilizing plants. I've read petunias may be perennial in this zone. Just as all Wave petunias are not cascading, all cascading petunias are not found in the Wave series. Once you have done it the first time, it will seem like a simple chore. There were also pansies and snap dragons in the same boxes that withered but the asparagus fern and sweet potato vibes are fine. Submitted by Tatyana on July 3, 2019 - 12:05pm. Dead-heading prevents seed pods from competing for the plant’s food supplies. In the 6b zone I would plant them from 4-6 inch pots or flats on June 15th (never before) after, hopefully, the last snow. Elongated stems with few branches and diminishing flower production indicate it’s time for drastic action. Groundcover or "spreading" petunias are only about six inches tall, but spread so rapidly that they cover a huge area over one growing season, provided they're watered and fertilized frequently. Wave Petunia Series. Mine were doing great and my husband sprinkled Seven on them and the blooms on one variety withered but I had some white ones that look okay. Petunias need full sun or they will become spindly. Wave petunias come in several varieties: trailing, mounding, and spreading types. How Much Do Petunias Spread? Clippings can be added to a compost pile to be recycled. Wave petunias are a spreading variety with flower heads a little larger than multifloras of 2 ½ to 3 inches in diameter. ‘Heavenly Lavender’ is an early, compact, double, deep lavender blue with 3-inch blooms on 12-to 14-inch plants. Submitted by Cynthia Kukler Smith on July 11, 2019 - 8:05am. So plan your growing application accordingly. I have been doing this for about a week and my poor plants look that time my sister cut my bangs with my mother's fabric scissors! Seed capsules on the plants burst open when ripe, scattering seeds everywhere. Move container planted petunias … Like their single counterparts, ‘Double Madness’ petunias bounce back within hours of a rainstorm. The content of this field is kept private and will not be shown publicly. Spreading types of petunias do need to be watered more frequently (more than once a week). Submitted by Lois on July 2, 2019 - 9:21am. ‘Primetime’ series stay compact and uniform, covered with 2¼-inch flowers. Spread can be from 18 inches to 4 feet. We'll see. they bloomed once and then quit. Submitted by The Editors on December 1, 2020 - 3:10pm. I've had 6 large planter pots across my back deck in full sun with petunias at both of my homes. Many sources advise starting seeds 6 to 10 weeks before the last frost and then transplanting to let them mature. You must have JavaScript enabled to use this form. Submitted by Rox Shinobi on December 1, 2020 - 2:11am. Wave series are faster growers. The trailing types will spread 2 to 3 feet. They produce flowers in a broad range of colors including pastels, bright neons, and blends. Good luck, happy gardening! The Proven Winners® petunias are more floriferous because all their energy is put into flower production, not seed production. We want to use planter boxes of petunias at my son's wedding in May. Should I just stop all attempts to deadhead and let the plant recover? Petunia seeds are very small (dust-like!) It produces large blooms of deep rose-purple. After each treatment, the plants lost their blooms and would look bare for a week or two, then abundant blooms would appear again (with aphids). Submitted by Cindy Smith on July 11, 2019 - 7:59am. Groundcover petunias tend to be smaller. I had to double check it was not weed killer; they are that bad. Insecticidal soap, neem oil, or horticultural oils will rid the petunias of many insect pests. Petunias are popular window box plants, which suggest shallow roots, so think of that: 6 to 8 inches of depth should be plenty; you might even get away with 5 inches depth. Often referred to as ‘trailing’ petunias, wave petunias can spread several feet if they are sown in a large, open area such as a garden or outdoor floor bed. In most regions, watering the plant just once in a week is more than enough. They are good for containers and hanging baskets and will do fine planted directly in the ground. Submitted by Terri on November 20, 2020 - 12:43pm. Submitted by Kathy Horn on June 19, 2019 - 1:36pm. They are weather-tolerant, disease resistant and heavy-blooming. The container width is your choice. They are compact and bloom until frost. Do regular fresh mint leaves work as well? Color changes in flowering plants is something of a mystery. Avoid wetting the foliage and flowers when watering to help prevent disease. I've just moved from 6b planting zone to 9a. While most petunias available nowadays are hybrids, they used to come in roughly two general classes, grandiflora and multiflora. To deadhead petunias, allow the plant to fully flower and for some of the blooms to die before pruning. Too many ideas to mention; here are a few: •  https://www.almanac.com/best-flowers-window-boxes (it’s containers by another name), • https://www.almanac.com/content/container-gardening-flowers, • dated but timeless: https://www.almanac.com/march-jam-packed-new-plants-and-ideas, • https://www.almanac.com/seven-savvy-ways-get-most-out-container-gardens, • https://www.almanac.com/not-your-grandmas-coleus, Submitted by Wendy on June 28, 2020 - 5:51am, I have grown my petunias from seed and may I say this is a first time for me. Many types of petunias exist and a wise gardener will do research before she selects her plants. Not sure what zone you are in, but in zone 4 there has been massive amounts of rain, also flooding in some areas. are they too close? Petunias are one of the most popular garden flowers for both borders and containers. This makes them ideal for scrambling down a hillside garden, or planting atop a retaining wall. Petunias spread at different rates depending on the variety and planting location. and needs lots of light in order to germinate. Petunias need full sun for the most optimum show of blossoms. The ones I planted in the ground spread pretty fast, too, but it seemed to take more of them than I anticipated to fill the bedding space. Note: The spreading types of petunias and those in containers require more frequent watering. Submitted by John Solem on June 21, 2018 - 8:15am. The wave series created quite a stir when first introduced and the flowers just … How should I go about planting petunias in midsummer? As with most annuals, they get leggy by midsummer, so you’ll want to prune the shoots back to about half their length. ‘Purple Wave’ was the first cultivar in the class of spreading petunias. They bounce back well after rain. How Far Apart Do You Plant Petunias?. To keep petunias tidy and flowering, we prune the shoots back to about half their length. Now. MY GERBER DAISIES HAVE HOLES IN THERE LEAVES FROM AN INSECT OF SOME KIND. You can also get spreading petunias for those spots where you want to really cover your space with color. ‘Double Madness’ petunias are compact and floriferous with big, 3-inch flowers all through the summer. It could be from limited chlorophyll or another component of photosynthesis. Submitted by The Editors on November 24, 2020 - 1:41pm. A groundcover petunia, ground-planted surfina can cover a backyard slope. i planted several different colored petunias together and all bloom except one color . What size of pot we can use for it Bloom would usually be done by mid to end of September with the first cold bite. However, if you are going to plant it in a container or in a hanging basket, as most people generally do, you should know that it’s going to require a bit more water. The tubular flowers are favoured by some Lepidoptera species, including the Hummingbird hawk moth. Ever since the Ball Seed Company developed "Wave" petunias, gardeners have become addicted to their easy-care splash. Today I sprayed bug spray on them and within a few hours they looked terrible. "Cascading" describes plants that produce blossoms on the long, pendulous stems that can overflow hanging baskets or drip from balcony containers. In particular, the tiny … Series typically in this group are Wave, Supertunias, Surfinia, etc. Double-flowered cultivars like a biweekly dose of fertilizer. ‘Wave’ series petunias are available in a multitude of colors. The Wave series of petunias are groundcover or spreading petunias. Otherwise, the plant think it has no reason to flower any longer. Petunias are tolerant of heat so you don’t have to water them regularly. If petunias show signs of long, “leggy,” weak growth, pinch the plants back a few inches to encourage branching. I use the oil drops on my window and door sills, fresh/dried leaves sprinkled around my house, plants in the garden. If anyone has other explanations we’d love to hear them! How to Plant, Grow, and Care for Petunias. Submitted by Aravind on October 3, 2018 - 10:28am, Is petunia require deep container or wide container. Cutting-propagated trailers. Submitted by The Editors on January 11, 2019 - 9:38am. Santa Cruz, a law degree from Berkeley's Boalt Hall, and an MA and MFA from San Francisco State. Solutions for a variety of insects even fruit flies. Let soil dry out ,remove from planter if really wet ,then replant after soil is just moist. Submitted by Edith Smith on May 7, 2019 - 10:00am, Its a question . There are a few ways to control Mexican petunias from overtaking other areas. Then the plants will keep producing more. It may also make it susceptible to disease. It's been a continual fight of aphids all summer long every 2-3 weeks with soapy water, store-bought remedies...I've tried everything. Submitted by Donna Lynn on July 4, 2019 - 10:56am. Whether in hanging baskets or containers on tables or a front porch, growing petunias in pots brings vibrant color throughout the summer to whatever area you choose. I put sand on top of my soil for daisy and hosta, if its snails, you can also put a small container out close to plant and fill half full with beer ,lol it works but try sand first . The flowers come in many colors and patters, and bloom from spring until frost! You can find petunias in just about every color but true blue and with growing habits that mound in borders or trail down containers. Neem and other oils can be found at garden centers. T… Custom programming and server maintenance by, https://www.almanac.com/best-flowers-window-boxes, https://www.almanac.com/content/container-gardening-flowers, https://www.almanac.com/march-jam-packed-new-plants-and-ideas, https://www.almanac.com/seven-savvy-ways-get-most-out-container-gardens, https://www.almanac.com/not-your-grandmas-coleus. I did some research that said I should remove each spent bloom including the seed pod. The plants may look raggedy at first but they’ll rebound with more color and blooms. Spreading petunias (like wave petunias) can be planted further apart – 1-½ or 2 feet – depending on how quickly you want them to fill in. I tried flower sprays but does not help. Cut up to 1/2 of the stem off when pruning to encourage new growth. They can be used in window boxes or hanging baskets. Look for plants that are short and compact, not leggy and not yet blooming and they’ll settle in faster. Petunias put the summer back into summer as they fill your garden beds and containers with brilliant, jewel-toned blossoms. You can grow petunias from seeds, but it is easier to grow them from transplants. Best wishes! They are quite versatile, growing in different types of soil, but it is important that the soil drains well and doesn’t stay wet. Hello, I had gorgeous “Galaxy Petunias” that were mainly purple in color with speckles of white. Cut back leggy plant stems back to 3- to 4-inch stubs with some foliage. Also, remove faded, old, or dead blossoms to both improve blooms and attractiveness, especially for the larger-flowered petunias. Can anyone tell me why this happened and what I can do to get my flowers back to their prior glory? Petunias are generally insect pollinated, with the exception of P. exserta, which is a rare, red-flowered, hummingbird-pollinated species.Most petunias are diploid with 14 chromosomes and are interfertile with other petunia species, as well as with Calibrachoa.. When should I start the seeds "inside" to insure we have full flowered beautiful boxes of petunias? It is tolerant of summer heat, drought and rain damage. While petunias will grow in a partially shaded location, a fuller and more abundant bloom is produced in full sun. Surfina (Petunia integrifolia), also called wild petunia, is a classic petunia frequently used in window boxes. ‘Carpet Series’ is very popular. Some sources also suggest that temperature plays a role. Although some species o… Avoid watering shallowly as this encourages shallow roots. Most enlightening. You should skip around this web site, Terri. The Wave series of petunias are groundcover or spreading petunias. However, comparing the "Wave" series of petunias with cascading petunias is an apples-to-oranges exercise. Every garden needs to have a variety of petunias. But you probably want mature plants in bloom for this event, not seedlings. Submitted by Susan richardson on May 31, 2018 - 5:03am, Ive purchased 2 hanging baskets one is flowering nicely the other is still green with no flowers on it yet what is going on please help. Planting petunias in containers is a fantastic way to showcase them. I put sand around any plants affected by slugs. This last bloom all the flowers came out fully white with the only purple being in the bottom of the buds (closest to stem). Thank you in advance. Your petunias may also be wilting due to a problem with insects. This Australian native grows just as fast as the Wave petunias, achieving 3 feet or more over the course of its long growing season that continues until the first frosts. From Alaska to California, from France's Basque Country to Mexico's Pacific Coast, Teo Spengler has dug the soil, planted seeds and helped trees, flowers and veggies thrive. Insect Drain. I had 2 beautiful hanging baskets which I have deadheaded everyday. "Purple Wave" produces pinkish-purple flowers on plants that grow to just 4 inches. This could be your mysterious insect culprit. Some even have a slight fragrance. However, some Wave series flowers climb up trellises or cascade down like vines when grown in restricted space. World traveler, professional writer and consummate gardener, Spengler earned a BA from U.C. I got a good deal on petunias and we are into August. Petunias used as groundcovers spread to 4 feet, with flowers growing along the length of each trailing stem. © Copyright 2020 Hearst Communications, Inc. The wave reference in the name describes the outward movement of the clump of flowers that grow extremely fast and cover a large ground area in a very short time. Plants can be spaced closer together to give an instant show. I really feel like it was the Seven but I am only basing that on my gut. Thanks, Submitted by The Editors on June 10, 2019 - 4:37pm. For petunias, you need to pick off the faded flowers (called deadheating). My new home this year in 9a. Keep reading to learn how to grow petunias in containers. Often grown as annuals, petunias are one of the most popular flowers because of their long flowering period. If we may make a suggestion: Start your seeds and see how it goes (pls let us know!) Soil prepared before planting petunias should have well-composted organic matter worked in. The thing is that at almost the same time it got really hot and rained a lot, I had not realized that the drain plug had not been pulled so the boxes had a lot of water for a few days (my husband had also taken over the watering at that time too :-/ ). "Surfina" is also the trademarked name of a group of trailing petunias. Then, find a stem with several dying blooms, and use a sharp pair of pruning shears to cut the stem just below them. Many varieties of Wave petunias are now on the market, such as Easy Wave, Double Wave and Tidal Wave, and are available in dozens of colors. Petunias must be planted much more closely together in containers to look attractively full right from the start. To hasten things, put the sprouts under a fluorescent light for 12 hours per day to mimic spring conditions. Is there a way to keep them healthy and blooming. Submitted by kathy on January 9, 2019 - 1:21pm. The best deterrent by far is peppermint. Plants remain about 6 inches tall and spread more than 5 feet across, making them a good choice for hanging baskets or patio pots. Doing so may harm the plant’s root-base, and inhibit the ability to take in water and nutrition. ‘Madness’ series petunias have big, 3-inch flowers in many veined and solid colors. The water table underground has raised up and is pushing the ant population upwards to the surface. If they do, I may keep them, otherwise, any ideas on another full sun flower that doesn't have the pest problem? Plan to provide some protection from midday sun for the first few days, if weather is hot or windy with few clouds at transplanting time. Is it shallow root or deep root, Submitted by The Editors on October 10, 2018 - 4:11pm. Unlike Wave petunia, the term cascading petunia does not identify a type of flower but a growth habit. Planting. It is a huge problem this year. Spreading or Trailing Petunias: These are low-growing but spread as much as 3 to 4 feet. Wave petunia plants have a spreading growth habit, with the ability to fill flower beds with their blooms that sprout all along their stems, which can reach up to 4 feet (1.2 m.). Weed and feed and water, then wait. ‘Fantasy’ forms neat, compact’Fantasy Pink Morn’, a milliflora type petunia. Submitted by Beth Green on June 5, 2019 - 4:55pm, I love petunias but after a while they get some kind of a bug that develops into a worm that eats the plant. For the best performance, plant petunias in full sun (at least six hours a day). They form a beautiful, colorful groundcover because the flowers form along the entire length of each stem. I HAVE SPRAYED SEVEN AND USED SNAIL BAIT. By midsummer, most petunias get leggy, producing blossoms at the tips of long, leafless stems. She currently divides her life between San Francisco and southwestern France. Fertilize petunias monthly with a balanced fertilizer to support their rapid growth and heavy blooming. Surfinias result from a cross of P. hybrida with a wild South American trailing type, P. pendula. The flowers reach 2½ to 3 inches across. See how to plant and take care of your petunias to keep them blooming. Pinch the tips back as the flowers grow to encourage bushy growth. Often petunias in containers need to be watered as much as once as day. They eat the leaves of plants and trees leaving holes throughout the tender leaves. ‘Purple Wave’ remains under 4 inches tall. In 2 to 4 weeks, plants should be filled out with lots of side branches and blossoming with new vigor. The fast-growing trademarked plants produce blossoms from early spring to the end of autumn and tolerate heat, cold, wet weather and humidity. Remember to water them. ANY SUGGESTIONS? These are similar tol organic methods, Submitted by Judy Reavis on June 9, 2019 - 2:04pm. May I use Seven in my petunias in window boxes? The Suntory Collection: Surfina Trailing Petunia, Greenhouse Product News: Culture Tips for Petunia Double Wave, Fine Gardening: Create an Elegant Hanging Basket, North Dakota University Extension: Questions on Petunias. The Supertunia® series of petunias, part of the Proven Winners® plant line, are extremely vigorous bloomers that have the advantage of being self-cleaning, so no deadheading is needed. Wave petunias spread very rapidly, forming a low, solid mass studded with flowers. The reason you need to know the type you’re growing is because milliflora and spreading petunias are low maintenance, and don’t need pinching back. While the petunia (Petunia spp.) And keep you fingers crossed. Grandiflora flowers are large, sometimes over 4 inches across, and come in single blossoms or ruffly doubles. However, most petunia varieties will bloom throughout the summer, except in extreme heat. Petunias can also get straggly-looking by midsummer. They, too, came back again this year and I just bought a few more to fill in the open spaces. Stunning! Pretty petunias are treated as annuals in most areas but also as tender perennials in Zones 9 to 11. but be ready to buy plants for the windowboxes—and give the individually potted/ready-to-plant seedlings to guests as a remembrance. Animals don't like the smell. After pruning, fertilize and water the plants well to force out new growth and flowers. Of the four categories of petunias - grandiflora, multiflora, milliflora and groundcover - both grandiflora and groundcover types produce cascading blossoms. If you have any suggestions, I would be very grateful! Spreading ground cover petunias are pickiest about water; weekly waterings should be included in the care of petunias. Tidal Wave, for example, can grow in a cascading vine to some 24 to 36 inches. They flower lavishly and require no deadheading or pinching back. Check around for evidence of ants and treat accordingly. The plant may bloom when it is lightly shaded for part of the day, but as a rule, a petunia not blooming can be because it does not get at least six hours of direct sun per day. It is so easy to understand that you can pass the task onto your children! Submitted by Cindy Smith on July 11, 2019 - 8:08am. You can cultivate petunias as annuals in most areas or as perennials in U.S. Department of Agriculture plant hardiness zones 10 though 11. When the plants have three leaves, you can plant them outside. However, do not attempt to break apart the plants or cut through the roots. These colorful annuals can really add pop to a front lawn and often used as borders, containers, hanging baskets or even seasonal groundcover. Petunias are extremely slow to germinate, some 5 to 15 days at normal temps in the house.