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All About Petunias

By LarryR
August 9, 2011

Petunias are one of the most popular bedding plants ever grown. Among the array of colors, shapes, sizes and habits available, there is bound to be something to please every gardener. It wasn't always like this though.

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Name: Allison
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Onewish1
Aug 8, 2011 6:28 PM CST
I enjoyed the history lesson!! Hurray!
Name: Larry Rettig
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LarryR
Aug 8, 2011 7:15 PM CST
Glad you enjoyed the article, Allison. I had fun tracking down the petunia's origin and development.
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Name: Maridell
Sioux City IA (Zone 4b)
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Maridell
Aug 8, 2011 7:17 PM CST
Larry, you have taken something as simple as the petunia and made it interesting!

I do love my petunias...remember them from my dad and mom's flower patches as a child.
Name: Allison
NJ (Zone 6a)
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Onewish1
Aug 8, 2011 7:27 PM CST
my Grandmother had them reseed in the cracks of the sidewalk in front of our house.. I used to protect them from the other kids stomping all over them Big Grin
Name: Larry Rettig
South Amana, IA (Zone 5a)
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LarryR
Aug 8, 2011 7:30 PM CST
Good to hear from you, Maridell! Glad you found the article interesting. Our favorite flowers just keep evolving, thanks mostly to Gregor Mendel, who first described hybridization and experimented with it.
Gardener was the label imprinted on me when the souls were handed out and so be it. --Margaret Roach (Thank you, Sharon!) Notes from the Garden: Articles of interest on all aspects of gardening
Cottage-in-the-Meadow Gardens: Come on in and take the tour! Check out the photos!
Name: Maridell
Sioux City IA (Zone 4b)
enjoy the moment
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Maridell
Aug 8, 2011 7:39 PM CST
ahhhh onewish, what a sweet child you were protecting the petunias Lovey dubby
Name: Allison
NJ (Zone 6a)
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Onewish1
Aug 8, 2011 7:48 PM CST
*Blush* wish I would have paid attention to what she was doing back then Big Grin
Name: Larry Rettig
South Amana, IA (Zone 5a)
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LarryR
Aug 8, 2011 7:54 PM CST
Thumbs up I second what Maridell said, Allison. Definitely a sign that you'd grow up to be a gardener! Smiling
Gardener was the label imprinted on me when the souls were handed out and so be it. --Margaret Roach (Thank you, Sharon!) Notes from the Garden: Articles of interest on all aspects of gardening
Cottage-in-the-Meadow Gardens: Come on in and take the tour! Check out the photos!
Name: Allison
NJ (Zone 6a)
Forum moderator Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Hummingbirder Region: New Jersey Dog Lover
Seed Starter Container Gardener Garden Ideas: Level 1
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Onewish1
Aug 8, 2011 8:04 PM CST
who knew??? Grandma on Mom's side.. Grandpa on Dad's side.. both gardeners.. guess it was fate .. but wish I would have paid attention to the masters.. other than my Grandpa took us swimming in a bay while he collected seaweed for his veggie gardens ... we used to get him the big chunks out further .. best pickles ever!!!
Name: Maridell
Sioux City IA (Zone 4b)
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Maridell
Aug 9, 2011 6:29 AM CST
Sea weed! My dad would hitch up a home made wood trailer to the car and head out to a farm that would sell him a load of horse manure to amend his garden in the spring. eeewwww!

My dad was the gardener and grew the most wonderful tomatos....I agree, I wish I had paid more attention. But, I kind of think he like being out there on his own. Hilarious!

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