The Main Plant entry for Petunias (Petunia)

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General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Herb/Forb
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun to Partial Shade
Leaves: Evergreen
Flowers: Showy
Flower Time: Late spring or early summer
Uses: Groundcover
Suitable as Annual
Wildlife Attractant: Bees
Butterflies
Hummingbirds
Propagation: Seeds: Provide light
Needs specific temperature: Germinates best at 70-75 deg F
Days to germinate: 7-14 days
Depth to plant seed: surface sow
Start indoors
Can handle transplanting
Propagation: Other methods: Cuttings: Stem
Containers: Needs excellent drainage in pots

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Posted by Marilyn (Northern KY - Zone 6a) on May 20, 2013 11:07 PM

"Some botanists place the plants of the genus Calibrachoa in the genus Petunia. In botanical classification, tobacco, tomato, potato, and petunia are all in the family Solanaceae.

Petunias are generally insect pollinated, with the exception of P. exserta, which is a rare, red-flowered, hummingbird-pollinated species. Most petunias are diploid with 14 chromosomes and are interfertile with other petunia species.

The tubular flowers are favoured by some Lepidoptera species, including the Hummingbird hawk moth. The flowers are eaten by the larvae of the corn earworm, Helicoverpa zea and the cabbage looper, Trichoplusia ni.

Petunia seeds germinate in 5 to 15 days. Petunias can tolerate relatively harsh conditions and hot climates. They need at least five hours of sunlight every day. They grow well in low humidity, moist soil. Young plants can be grown from seeds. Petunias should be watered once every two to five days. In drier regions, the plants should be watered daily. Dead petals should be pruned so that the younger branches can flourish. Maximum growth occurs in late spring. Applying fertilizers once a month will help the plant grow quickly. Petunias can be cultivated in hanging baskets."

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