In Praise of Petunias: Love Petunias!!

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In Praise of Petunias

By mcash70
March 26, 2014

“Petunia is a genus of 35 species of flowering plants of South American origin, closely related to tobacco, cape gooseberries, tomatoes, deadly nightshades, potatoes and chili peppers; in the family Solanaceae." (Wikipedia)

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Name: Joanne
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Joannabanana
Mar 25, 2014 6:19 PM CST
Great article! Love the picture of the hummer
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mcash70
Mar 25, 2014 6:23 PM CST
Thank you Joanne, I am glad you liked the article, and thank you for the Thumbs up and Acorn tip. I tip my hat to you.
Name: Rita
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Newyorkrita
Mar 25, 2014 6:35 PM CST
Really nice. I don't grow Petunias often but I do like them.
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CarolineScott
Mar 25, 2014 6:45 PM CST
I grow petunias every year from seeds.
Lately, I have been growing older varieties and some of the species too.
This year I have the hummingbird petunia, petunia exserta on the go.
Also the heirloom "Fire Chief".
Giants of California, and Fluffy Ruffles---a superbissima type.
Also have waves and a few others.
Your photos are a neat reminder of these great summer blooms.
Thanks for sharing.
Name: Margaret
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mcash70
Mar 25, 2014 7:50 PM CST
Thanks Caroline, always happy to share my photos and ideas. I tip my hat to you.

Sounds like a great variety of petunias, I hope you have great success with them, and post lot of photos when they are in bloom. Thumbs up
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beckygardener
Mar 25, 2014 9:00 PM CST
I enjoyed this article and all the terrific photos with some great ideas!

I also love Petunias! I re-purposed an old concrete birdbath and guess what I put in it? PETUNIAS, of course!!! There is also one of those new SunPatiens planted right in the middle of the birdbath planter surrounded by 4 different colored petunias - white, pink, red, and dark purple, because I couldn't make up my mind which color of Petunia I liked the best ... so I bought one of each color! Whistling Whistling Whistling Hilarious! Hilarious!

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Marilyn
Mar 25, 2014 10:22 PM CST
Wonderful article Margaret! Hurray! Thumbs up

Loved all the pics! Lovey dubby
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Name: Margaret
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mcash70
Mar 25, 2014 10:55 PM CST
Becky, thank you very much, glad you enjoyed it, I tip my hat to you. your re-purposed birdbath looks great, wonderful combination of colors. Thumbs up

Marilyn, thank you for the nice comment, Thumbs up and Acorn tip. I tip my hat to you.
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vic
Mar 26, 2014 2:57 AM CST
Beautiful photo's Margaret - I really like petunias too Hurray!
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mcash70
Mar 26, 2014 9:06 AM CST
Thank you Vic! I tip my hat to you.
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Bubbles
Mar 26, 2014 9:24 AM CST
Loved the photos! I'll have to buy some petunias again this spring. They always melt about mid-July, even the Wave ones.
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mcash70
Mar 26, 2014 9:35 AM CST
Sandi, thank you. I tip my hat to you. Sorry the petunias melt in the July heat there, what if you put some in pots in partial shade? Shrug!
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Bubbles
Mar 26, 2014 10:36 AM CST
When it gets to 105° plus, partial shade is just an illusion! They're inexpensive enough that I can enjoy them for a few months, and then let them go. The Wave petunias last a little longer. Your pots are gorgeous.
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vic
Mar 26, 2014 10:51 AM CST
Same here - once the wicked heat of August comes, I can't keep them no matter how much water, food, or shade I give them. Crying

When I lived in OH, they would bloom through our hottest days but not down here.
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mcash70
Mar 26, 2014 11:03 AM CST
I would hate that kind of heat, I melt at 90f, Hilarious! well enjoy them as long as you can, they are worth so it! Lovey dubby
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vic
Mar 26, 2014 12:22 PM CST
They sure are worth it Margaret Hurray! Hurray! and I do grow them every year. Green Grin! Thumbs up
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quietyard
Mar 26, 2014 1:26 PM CST
Loved all the colorful photos of Petunias Margaret. As always your garden is beautiful ! Lovey dubby
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mcash70
Mar 26, 2014 3:39 PM CST
Thank you Linda! I tip my hat to you.
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Gleni
Mar 27, 2014 11:18 PM CST
I always plant Petunias early because they self seed and will last through from August to May (other side of the world) in the subtropics. But Margaret you mentioned dead-heading - should I be doing that in lieu of letting self seeding?
Name: Margaret
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mcash70
Mar 27, 2014 11:51 PM CST
Glen, it all depends on what you want, with the older types you had to deadhead or they would stop blooming, and of course they only bloom on this side of the world for 4 months or so. The new wave types you don't have to dead head but they are pricey. Do you get a great variety of colors by letting them do their own thing, do the blooms remain large after seeding themselves? Do you have photos to share of them?

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