|Latin name:||Petunia sp Babydoll®|
|Delivery type:||Delivered as plant in nursery pot|
|Guarantee:||100% growth and flowering guarantee|
|Preferred location:||Sun, Half shadow|
|Leafs all year:||No|
|Flowering:||May - October|
|Growing Height:||20 - 30 cm|
|Planting distance:||15 - 20 cm|
Plant the richly flowering petunia as soon as possible after receipt, in the garden or in a pot. Dig a hole and improve poor garden soil with potting compost or well-rotted manure. Plant the petunias approx. 20 cm apart. Fill the pots with soil (always use fresh potting compost) and press firmly in. Water immediately after planting. In full sun, Petunia will flower abundantly, all summer long.
Water extra in periods of drought. Keep the bed free of weeds and your petunias will thrive. Pretty undemanding but do not like to sit in wet soil for too long. Petunias thrive even in poor soil but regular feeding will have them flower abundantly. While in flower, feed your petunias fortnightly with soluble feed in the watering can. Regular deadheading will encourage your petunias to produce new flower buds. Petunias flower profusely from June through to the first frosts.
Petunia is an annual and grows to 25-30 cm tall. Originally this plant came from South America - the first we saw of them was in 1833, from Argentina. Of course growers have crossed and re-crossed them lots since then, giving us innumerable varieties! Now there are mostly hybrids for sale in the most lovely colours and shapes.
Petunia is classified under Solanaceae and most hybrids are called P. x hybrida. However, there are just so many, they have since been sub-divided into sectors. We now know of the following sectors:
- Petunia Grandiflora -large-flowered (flower size 10 cm), less weather resistant petunias.
- Petunia Hedgiflora - very low-growing, strongly creeping ground cover petunias.
- Petunia Multiflora - mid-sized flowers (flower size 5.1 cm), creeping, very bad weather resistant, can take a lot of sun.
- Petunia Milliflora - small flowering (flower size 2.5 cm) petunias.