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Caring For Petunias: How To Grow Petunias

Growing petunias can add long-term color to the summer landscape and brighten up drab borders with beautiful pastel colors. Proper petunia care is simple and easy. After you learn how to plant petunias, you can add them to your flower bed and container garden. Four species of petunias span hundreds of varieties and provide a perfect addition to the home landscape: 0 seconds from 1 minute, 15 seconds volume 0% loading display

Grandiflora petunias are the most common growing type of petunia. This species has 3 to 4 inch (7.5 to 10 cm) flowers that often grow upright but may overflow the side of your container or patio box. Multiflora petunias have smaller flowers and more profuse flowering. Milliflora petunias are miniature versions of growing petunias; they are compact and reblooming. Spreading Petunias are only 15cm tall and can quickly cover a chosen area to act as a flowering ground cover. Petunia Care Petunia care includes regular watering and as much sunlight as possible to encourage multiple blooms. Spreading groundcover petunias are the pickiest about water; Weekly watering should be factored into petunia care.

While petunias thrive in a partially shaded spot, they bloom fuller and more profusely in full sun. Soil prepared before planting petunias should contain well-composted organic matter. Caring for petunias includes regular fertilizing with a balanced, water-soluble fertilizer designed for flowering plants. Since they are heavy feeders, petunia care also includes weekly feedings. Proper light, water and fertilizing when caring for petunias will ensure a long season of beautiful blooms. Proper petunia care involves removing spent flowers and the seeds they can produce. When you kill off the growing petunias, remove the base of the flower to include the seed removal. Petunias that are allowed to seed will slow down or stop flowering.