Petunia

Petunia

$12.00 inc. GST

POT MEASUREMENTS: Approx. 20cm(Ø) x 15cm(H)

Pot color and size may vary and change subject to availability

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Petunia is a genus in the family Solanaceae, subfamily Petunioideae. Well known members of Solanaceae in other subfamilies include tobacco (subfamily Nicotianoideae), and the cape gooseberry, tomato, potato, deadly nightshade and chili pepper (subfamily Solanoideae).

  • Petunia is genus of 20 species of flowering plants of South American origin.
  • The popular flower of the same name derived its epithet from the French, which took the word petun, meaning “tobacco,” from a Tupi–Guarani language. An annual, most of the varieties seen in gardens are hybrids (Petunia × atkinsiana, also known as Petunia × hybrida).
  • Petunias are among the most popular flowering annuals for good reason.
  • Petunias are bright and lively, bloom from spring until frost, and scent the air with lovely fragrance.
  • Best of all, petunias are amazingly easy to grow, both in the garden and in containers.
PLANT CARE

1. Soak in sun

  • To bloom abundantly, petunias require a good soak in the sun for at least 6 hours.
  • They love warmth and sunlight.
  • Keep your potted plants in a spot that receives full sun.

2. Watering is essential

  • Petunias may recover from the underwatering shock, but overwatering is the main reason why container grown petunias die.
  • This attractive flowering plant requires moderate watering and slightly moist soil during the day.
  • Water regularly but let the soil to dry out between the watering spells to avoid root rot.

3. Provide right soil

  • For growing best petunias in pots, your growing medium must drain freely.
  • A soil-less mix is right for this purpose.
  • Either buy it or make your own, there are plenty of mix recipes available on the web.

4. Fertilize for prolific blooms

  • Petunias are greedy and needy plants when it comes to fertilizer.
  • Either apply slow release fertilizer at the time of planting or feed them every other week using the diluted liquid fertilizer like 10-10-10.
  • Additionally, application of compost on top of the surface can be made too.
  • If your container grown petunias have lush foliage and less or no flowers, you may need to apply fertilizer that is low in nitrogen.

5. Pinching should be done

  • If you’ve bought petunia plants from a nursery or growing them from transplants, pinch off the top one inch from each stem and remove all flowers.
  • If grown from seeds, baby petunias (multifloras and grandifloras), when they’re 6 inches tall, pinch them back a little to promote more vigorous side shoots.
  • Milifloras (spreading petunias) don’t require this.

6. Deadheading is must

  • This is one of the essential petunia care tips you need to follow.
  • Remove faded flowers so that the plant can concentrate its energy on producing more blooms.
  • It’s also important to remove the seed developing portion below each flower.

7. Look at pest

  • Common garden pests, especially the aphids affect this beautiful flowering plant the most. So keep an eye on them, look on and under the leaves to identify the infestation.

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