petunias - Knowledgebase Question

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Question by djennings1
August 26, 2010
can petunias be removed from the garden and brought into the house for the winter, so that can be replanted next spring?

Answer from NGA
August 26, 2010
Petunias need lots of direct sunshine so they don't make very good houseplants. Instead of trying to keep them alive indoors this winter, why not collect seeds from the plants and plant the seeds outdoors next spring? Here's how: instead of removing the old flowers from your petunias, allow the petals to fall from the flowers and then watch the center of the old flower develop into a seedpod. When the seedpod turns from green to a tannish brown, the seeds are mature and can be collected and saved. Just snip the seedpod from the plant and place it in a paper envelope. Let it sit for about a week to make sure they are completely dry, then place the envelope into a glass jar, tighten the lid and store your seeds in a cool, dark place. Next spring you can plant the seeds and grow your own petunias.

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