Over grown hanging petunias - Knowledgebase Question

Wheatfield, IN
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Question by oconnorpatri
June 11, 2007
This past weekend Hubby bought me 3 hanging baskets of petunias. Two are healthy & blooming.
The other looks stringy with few leaves & blooms. Thinking this plant my be root bown.
1)Would this plant bounce back with repotting?
2)I wouldn't mind cutting off the stringy stems but would be afraid it wouldn't bloom this season. (Zone 5 which we've seen more 90degree weather than usual this year.)

Answer from NGA
June 11, 2007
You can certainly cut it back to try to reinvigorate it. Make sure it receives ample water and fertilizer after you trim it. Give it sun all morning and protection from hot afternoon sun to help it recover. Also investigate the roots, yes. It may be potbound in which case repotting might help. Or, it may have suffered root damage at some point due to lack of water or to overwatering (make sure the drain holes in the pot are functioning). Good luck with your third petunia!

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