cascading petunia - Knowledgebase Question

Logansport, In
Question by rimasac
April 22, 2010
purchased today. very long and cascading just beautiful, but the middle of the plant is VERY flat and a few leaves are starting to turn a very light yellow, BUT only in the middle. Do i need to do anything to fix this? i'm hoping to have this all summer. Todays date is 4~22. Thanks in advance for your helpful reply! marcia

Answer from NGA
April 22, 2010


The yellowing leaves can indicate overwatering or they may simply be showing their age. To keep petunias thick and full of new leaves and flowers the tips of the stems should be pinched. This forces new growth all over. Without looking at the plant I can't show you exactly how to pinch. It's possible that if you pull off the yellowing leaves your petunia will develop healthy new leaves in their places. It won't hurt your plant to do this = the yellowing leaves will die anyway. Give it a try and within a week you should see new leaf buds swelling on the stems. It will be hard to water without getting the foliage and stems wet, but try to keep the water off the center of the plant. If you have a watering can with a curved spout you can manipulate the spout between the foliage and the edge of the pot and apply water there. Hope this information helps!

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