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