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Petchoa - the New Kid in Town

By Joannabanana
June 18, 2013

XPetchoa is a recent new genus. The plants are a genetic cross between a petunia and calibrachoa. The Petchoa is a milestone in plant breeding and the result is a combination of the best characteristics of both the petunia and the calibrachoa. It is an amazing plant for home gardeners who enjoy hanging baskets loaded with blooms all season.

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Name: Sharon
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Sharon
Jun 17, 2013 6:16 PM CST
Great article and a lovely new plant but I have a question. Calibrachoa is considered an annual here, so are petunias; I am assuming this pretty new cross is also an annual. Do you know its hardiness zones?

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Joannabanana
Jun 17, 2013 6:26 PM CST
They are perennials in Zone 10 and are semi-evergreen. But you are right, they are treated as annuals all around the world.

Here's one of my baskets with a blue petchoa
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flaflwrgrl
Jun 17, 2013 6:35 PM CST
Very informative article! Now I have to go look them up in the db. Green Grin!
Thank you Joanna. I tip my hat to you.
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Name: Sharon
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Sharon
Jun 17, 2013 6:38 PM CST
Thanks Joanne - I'd love to see your basket of blue!
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flaflwrgrl
Jun 17, 2013 6:38 PM CST
Me too!
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Marilyn
Jun 17, 2013 6:42 PM CST
Joannabanana said:They are perennials in Zone 10 and are semi-evergreen. But you are right, they are treated as annuals all around the world.

Here's one of my baskets with a blue petchoa


Where's the pic? Confused I'm all ears! Thumbs up

Thanks for doing this! I think I'll give them a try, this year or next. nodding
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Joannabanana
Jun 17, 2013 6:50 PM CST
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Sharon
Jun 17, 2013 6:54 PM CST
Beautiful, thank you!
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flaflwrgrl
Jun 17, 2013 6:54 PM CST
Impressive! Nice combo of plants too. Lovey dubby
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Marilyn
Jun 17, 2013 6:56 PM CST
Those are the ones I commented on after you posted the images. Red, white and blue - USA (flag) colors! Lovey dubby Thumbs up I always want to do a red white and blue combo! Thumbs up

Beautiful pics and flowers! Lovey dubby Thumbs up
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springcolor
Jun 17, 2013 6:57 PM CST
Thumbs up Thumbs up Great combo. That is a great article, now I have to go look for these!
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Marilyn
Jun 17, 2013 7:32 PM CST
I agree Thumbs up

I've never seen them offered before anywhere.
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Joannabanana
Jun 18, 2013 7:06 AM CST
Thanks everyone! I wasn't expecting this article to show up in perennial week, but since it has, I will take more photos of the Petchoas in my garden. I have put them in all the window boxes on the house and in a big pot in my container garden near my greenhouse. If it's not raining later, I will take more photos.
You may have better luck finding it sold as a hanging basket and not as individual potted plants. You may also find that you may have to educate the garden centre staff since they may be unaware of what the Pechoas are. If the baskets do not have a variety tag, a great way to tell it is a petchoa is strong color blooms, big petunia size blooms, foliage is non-sticky and small leaf. Flowers are the size of multiflora petunias and plant foliage looks more like calibrachoa.

These photos are from 2010. The Petchoa is darker pink to the right of the Vista Bubblegum petunia pot
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Sharon
Jun 18, 2013 8:15 AM CST
Your home and flowers always look so happy, Joanna!
Thanks for introducing us to a lovely new plant.
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Jun 18, 2013 8:28 AM CST
Ooooo, I want, I want!!! Thanks for the introduction to this great new plant! Lovey dubby Hurray!
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Sharon
Jun 18, 2013 8:53 AM CST
I called around this morning and I can't find it locally, then I looked through all the online companies that sponsored this week's perennial raffle - then I realized they sold mostly perennials - so then I finally found Petchoa available in GardenHarvestSupply.com. They also had gorgeous pictures and there's a terra cotta color that's to die for.

I'll keep looking for it; it's going to be a popular plant for sure.
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springcolor
Jun 18, 2013 10:01 AM CST
WOW, what a gorgeous yard. Thumbs up Joanne that 2nd shot of your flowers would be a great image set. Thumbs up
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careyana
Jun 18, 2013 6:05 PM CST
I wonder how they would do in the Texas heat? Petunias are a 'winter' basket around here and die off quickly in the spring for me.

Right now I'm working on vincas in my baskets because it's too hot for anything else. Crying
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Marilyn
Jun 18, 2013 9:10 PM CST
Sharon said:Your home and flowers always look so happy, Joanna!
Thanks for introducing us to a lovely new plant.


I agree Thumbs up

Beautiful and colorful gardens and backyard!

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Jun 19, 2013 5:09 AM CST
Nice article, Joanne! I love the Terracotta color. Your garden is so beautiful I tip my hat to you.
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