Petunias - Knowledgebase Question

Bunnell, FL
Question by patti11
February 17, 1998
I am looking for a "cascading petunia plant". I was in North Carolina last year and saw one (at least I was told that is what it was called). It looks like petunia, but was in a hanging pot that cascaded beautifully over the side. I was hopingto buy some when I returned to Florida but have been unable to find them. I have received a couple of your catalogs and have not seem them in their either. Is there such a plant? Thanks for your help.


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Answer from NGA
February 17, 1998

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Nearly every year we have petunias in hanging baskets. We use a wire basket that we line with sphagnam moss. We make holes in the moss on the sides of the baskets and plant petunias in the holes. We start at the bottom of the basket and work up addingpotting soil after each row of plants until we fill the baskets. Set several petunias on top of basket. As the plants grow, they fill the sides and the top of the planter, giving a cascading effect.

If you have a 1998 Burpee's catalog, the Waves petunia is
listed on page 7. There is a hanging basket pictured. Burpee's New Wave does not require the deadheading that other petunias need. If you have ever had the task of pulling dead flowers from petunias, I think you will consider no deadheading a blessing.

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