Annuals forum: This Year's Petunias

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Name: Wes
Ohio (Zone 6a)
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Wes
May 9, 2016 4:56 AM CST
All Mother's Day gifts for my mom. Leaning towards Waves in hanging planters for my place. On my first trip to the nursery I saw this one and had to have it thinking of mom's blue bargain pot. "Potunia" Papaya:

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The nursery was really busy so I made 3 quick choices a little brighter than last years blacks and purples, I managed to sneak a black one in anyway... Sweetunia Black Satin, Dreams Red Picotee, and Dreams White Imp.



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Always curious to see how they turn out. ..

Got petunia plans or pots started? Confused

Name: Carol Roberts
Huntington Beach, CA (Zone 10b)
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Container Gardener Foliage Fan Annuals
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CarolHB
May 9, 2016 12:06 PM CST
I've got petunias:


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And it looks like they are going to shove everybody else right out of the pot. My plan is to replace them with fan flower whenever I can get it. In the meantime, I like these.
Can't complain too loud about how the ball bounces when I'm the one who dropped it.
Pennsylvania (Zone 6b)
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Cinta
May 12, 2016 8:04 AM CST
I have not picked mine up yet. I did walk around the nursery this week sniffing. I try to buy the fragrant ones.
Name: Carol Roberts
Huntington Beach, CA (Zone 10b)
Sunset 24
Container Gardener Foliage Fan Annuals
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CarolHB
May 12, 2016 10:10 AM CST
The first time I tried petunias they came home with tobacco budworm. This time they got treated with Neem Oil before joining the general population. So, I'm hopeful.
Can't complain too loud about how the ball bounces when I'm the one who dropped it.
Name: Bunilla
East TN (Zone 6b)
Region: Tennessee Cat Lover Daylilies Butterflies
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Bunilla
May 12, 2016 2:21 PM CST
I had a hanging basket of them that were feeling a little under the weather given to me by a dear friend. 2 of the 3 are now doing quite well.

I do wish I knew how to save seed of them or something to be able to start my own for next year, but my research has been fruitless. No fruit for Bunilla Whistling
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edit : the Petunias that I have may or may not make seed- as I am not sure if they are the ones that are infertile? Either way, I will be holding out and watching for some seed pods to form to at least try.
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Name: Sue Taylor
Northumberland, UK
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kniphofia
May 22, 2016 9:39 AM CST
I had Black Satin last year and wasn't impressed.

bobjax
May 22, 2016 10:49 AM CST
All self seeded. Not as grand as last year, but I will take any free petunia God decides to give me. Smiling



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Every plant in this picture self seeded. Now days my gardening consist of moving things around and (I hate to say it) pulling plants that I get too many plants of. I hate pulling any seedling.
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Name: Wes
Ohio (Zone 6a)
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Wes
May 22, 2016 11:19 AM CST
bobjax said:All self seeded. Not as grand as last year, but I will take any free petunia God gives me. Smiling



Sun is too bright for a really good picture.



Nice when they're free! I've got 5 or 6 volunteer Nasturtium, only annuals that have ever come back for me. Ever. Messes with my planned color scheme, oh well, I'm not touching them. They might be the best yet?

Sue, I grew Black Satin last year and it performed well. I grew it with a black and yellow that really outshined it (name forgotten, tag buried in the junk drawer). As a stand alone plant I'd think a light colored container would be beneficial for overall appeal. Early in the season but I'm pleased with it's contrast in this pot. Smiling (gotta admit the less expensive white 3-pack petunias are growing faster) Looks good from the sidewalk, hoping it looks as good from the street soon.






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Name: Carol Roberts
Huntington Beach, CA (Zone 10b)
Sunset 24
Container Gardener Foliage Fan Annuals
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CarolHB
Jun 1, 2016 7:42 PM CST
My hopes have been dashed. Regardless of any preventative treatment the budworms showed up along with the petunias, and every one of the six plants died off right after blooming was done. I will renew my quest for the elusive fan flower and forget about petunias. There were some lovely pink budworms in one of my columbines but they responded to treatment and have not returned. The petunias had a green worm that did not respond to anything, even being hand picked out of the pot until I upended an ammonia solution into the pot. Now the little worms appear to be gone, but so are the petunias. So I put some lobelia in there and now wait for it to decide it likes that pot.
Can't complain too loud about how the ball bounces when I'm the one who dropped it.

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