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Petunia

English Name

Petunia Hybrida

Scientific Name

Description

Trumpet shaped flowers. It exists in single or double flowers. There are also mono and multi-colored versions. There are variations such as Multi-flora, Grandi-Flora, Double Multi-Flora, Double Grandi-Flora. Leaves are oval, soft, hairy and light green.

Argentina

Origin

Solanaceae

Family

Minimum: 50°F

Temperature (°F)

70°F - 75°F

Germination Temperature (°F)

10 days - 21 days

Germination Period

6" - 1'7"

Height (feet/inches)

7" - 1'1"

Spacing (feet/inches)

Half-Hardy Annual

Life Cycle

Flower

Type

Spring, Summer & Autumn

Seasons

Colors

Watering

Moisten compost throughout growing period. Allow to dry out a little before re watering.

Feeding

Once every two weeks with high potash liquid fertilizer from mid-Summer to Autumn. Feed six weeks after planting half recommended strength.

Germination

Petunias need light to germinate when sowing.

Propagation

Sow seeds on surface in seed and cutting compost in early Spring with gentle heat. Do not cover seeds. Prick the seedlings when they are large to handle and harden off in late Spring.

Cultivation

Petunias like good drainage compost. They must be dead heading constantly to continue blooming.

Tips

Banana peels brighten the colours of the petunia flowers. Dry banana peels for ten minutes in low heat in the oven. Let cool and ground to powder. Spread on surface and water the plant.

Care

Do not over feed. Protect plants from heavy rain. Discard after flowering.

Decorate

They are excellent bedding plants, but also very useful for window boxes, containers and hanging baskets. Cut back the stems if they become too straggly and dead-head regularly.

Humidity

Moderate. Do not spray flowers.

Soil

Any reasonable garden soil.



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