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Petunia

Petunia Description

Petunias are of South American origin and were introduced into Europe in the 1830's. It is currently a hugely popular annual flowering plant. Available in a wide range of attractive pastel shades the trumpet shaped blossoms can be found in many flower borders, containers, pots and hanging baskets. Flower colours include white, yellow, pink, crimson, red, blue, mauve, and purple.

Petunias start blooming in early summer and continue to show vigorously right through until the first frost of autumn appear.

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Cultivation of Petunia Plants

Petunia Blooms

Petunia seeds at the beginning of spring protected under glass at a temperature of 15 degrees Celsius. Prick out the seeds into seed boxes and harden off ahead of planting outdoors in late spring or early in the summer.

The site chosen for permanent planting should be somewhat sheltered yet in a sunny position.

Petunia plants do best in light soil with adequate drainage.

Popular Varieties of Petunia

The following lists some popular varieties of Petunia.

Brass Band Bushy, weather resistant, multiflora, deep yellow blooms
Dwarf Risotto

Short, bushy, weather resistant, multiflora, mixed colour flowers

Razzle Dazzle Trailing, requires shelter, blue blossoms with white stripes
Strawberry Tart Trailing, requires shelter, double blooms, Red with white stripes
Carpet Mixed

Spreading habit, low, weather resistant, flowers in multi-colours

Daddy Mixed Trailing, require shelter, large pink, mauve & burgundy blooms
Mirage Series Weather resistant, large multiflora blossoms

Petunia Pests and Diseases

Petunias are usually trouble-free however they can be susceptible to mildew on the leaves, manifesting itself as yellow spotting.

Height 20 - 45cm

Petunia - Scientific Classification

Planting distance: 15 to 30cm Kingdom Plantae
Flowers from early summer until first frost Order Solanales
Well-drained soil Family Solanaceae
Sunny position Genus Petunia
Half-hardy annual    
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Begonia Forget-me-Not Pelargonium Sweet Alyssum
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