The Q&A Archives: Why Older Petunia Bloom Poorly

Question: Why are my six year old petunia's spindly? From year to year they never seem to grow. Each plant might have between one and four small flowers on it. All that I do to them is weed and water. Can I fertilize them and with what and how much? Thanks for any help that you can provide. Jeff Cardis Sheridan, MI

Answer: Petunias are generally grown as annual plants, as they tend to decline rapidly after the first season. I recommend either starting new plants from seed, which is quite easy, or purchasing new plants this year, and enjoying them instead of toiling for so little reward.

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