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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.
Cultivation of Petunia Plants
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 || || |