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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Common names
  • Petunia

Photo Gallery
Location: Photo by Carol Bacskai; zone 5b, Yorkville, IL
Date: 2023-07-03
Photo by _Bleu_
Location: Athol, MA
Date: 2017-08-02
#Pollination    #hummingbird moth
Location: Tampa Bay, Florida 
Date: 2021-03-13

Date: 2013-05-12
Photo by Hazelcrestmikeb
Location: Lindon, Utah
Date: 2009-06-20
With fan flower and million bells
Location: Elberfeld, Indiana
Date: 2023-09-12
Old-fashioned petunias on left that self-seeded.  Supertunia 'Lov
Location: Florida
Basket full of Petunias, Calibrachoa, etc.
Location: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Date: 2016-05-13
Night sky petunia
Location: KALAMA WA
  • Uploaded by Joy
Location: Western NC
Date: May 22, 2014
  • Uploaded by vic
Location: Western NC
Date: May 22, 2014
  • Uploaded by vic
Location: Granite Falls, WA
Date: 2017-08-26
Location: Unknown at a local nursery
Location: Kolkata
Date: 2020-02-06
Location: Indiana zone 5
Date: 2013-06-23
Location: Savannah, Georgia (my garden)
Date: 2018-09-09
This is what happens when birds plant petunias.
Location: My garden
Date: 2019-01-14
Location: My garden
Date: 2019-01-14
Location: Elberfeld, Indiana
Date: 2007-07-15
Location: San Antonio, Texas
Date: 2022-04-04
Location: Fairfax, VA | August, 2022
Date: 2022-08-14

Date: 2015-05-09
Location: Banff, Canada | August 2022
Date: 2022-08-05
Location: Jalpaiguri
Date: 2018-02-07

Date: 2020-06-29

Date: 2019-01-15
Location: Cordoba, Argentina
Location: central Illinois
Date: 2011-10-01
Location: Opp, AL  Z8b
Date: 2023-04-11
Location: Temple, Texas
Date: 2023-03-23

Date: 2015-09-20
Location: Temple, Texas
Date: 2018-04-21
My all-time favorite petunia.
Location: My Gardens
Date: Summer 2009
Container Grown
Location: Port Orange, Florida
Date: 2018-02-19
Location: Michigan
Date: 5/8/2018
Got these at Walmart, wish I knew the name!
Location: Unknown at a local nursery
Location: Quad Cities Botanical Garden  Rock Is., Il.
Date: 2010-07-04
Location: central Illinois
Date: 5-23-19

Date: 2013-06-01

Date: 2015-05-22
Location: Louisa, VA
Planted mainly for hummingbirds
Location: central Illinois
Date: 2019-07-22
Location: KALAMA WA
  • Uploaded by Joy
Photo by Paul2032

Date: 2015-04-17
Location: Cordoba, Argentina
Photo by sedumzz
Location: Romania
Date: 2021

Date: 2019-07-29
Photo by Hazelcrestmikeb
Location: My Gardens
Date: Summer 2009
Container Grown
Location: My garden in Kentucky
Date: 2008-06-02
There are 'Supertunia Royal Magenta' (2), 'Supertunia Vista Bubbl
Location: My garden in Kentucky
Date: 2008-06-02
There are 'Supertunia Royal Magenta', 'Supertunia Vista Bubblegum

Date: 2022-04-14
Location: Quad Cities Botanical Garden  Rock Is., Il.
Date: 2010-07-04
Location: Waukesha, Wi  
Date: August 2011
one of many purple hanging petunias I keep in my yard during the
Location: Banff, Canada | August 2022
Date: 2022-08-05
Location: KALAMA WA
  • Uploaded by Joy
Location: KALAMA WA
  • Uploaded by Joy
Location: My Cincinnati Ohio garden
Date: 5/19/2014
Petunia seedlings
Photo by joannakat

Date: 2022-04-01
Location: Athol, MA
Date: 2017-05-20

Date: 2020-06-29
Location: Cordoba, Argentina
Location: Cordoba, Argentina
Location: Cordoba, Argentina
Location: Cordoba, Argentina
Location: Cordoba, Argentina
Location: Woodbridge , Va
Date: 06-23-16
grown from cross pollinated seeds
Location: King George, VA
Date: 2021-05-23
Location: Houston
Date: 2014-05-22
Location: Houston
Date: 2014-05-22
Photo by sedumzz
Location: Fairfax, VA
Date: 2022-04-01
Photo by Paul2032
Location: Canada
Location: Opp, AL  Z8b
Date: 2023-04-11
Location: Telly's Greenhouse, Troy, MI
Date: 2015-07-04

Date: 2013-05-17
Location: Gardenfish garden
Date: August 23, 2021
Grown from seeds provided by a member
Location: Banff, Canada | August 2022
Date: 2022-08-05
Location: Killeen,Tx
Date: 2022-10-11
Photo by blue23rose
Photo by blue23rose
Location: Ingleside. Illinois
Date: 2021-07-21
Photo by JessabelleJLH
Location: Granite Falls, WA
Date: 2018-05-29
Location: Elberfeld, Indiana
Date: 4-23-20

Date: 2014-08-05
Location: Winter Park, Colorado
Date: summer 2017

Date: 2014-08-05
Location: Romania
Date: 2022
Location: My garden in Kentucky
Date: 2008-06-02
'Supertunia Royal Velvet' in a mixed container.  The color is act

Date: 2018-04-12

Date: 2018-04-12

Date: 2018-04-12

Date: 2020-08-25
Location: Fairfax, Virginia (Outdoors)
Location: My back yard pagoda hangars outside my kitchen window, Temple, Texas
Date: Spring 2017
These pretties (with a pot of Lobelia on the left) only lasted on
Location: Fairfax, VA | August 2022
Date: 2022-08-28

Date: 2013-06-01
Location: Seville, Spain | April, 2023
Date: 2023-04-05
Location: Seville, Spain | April, 2023
Date: 2023-04-05
Location: Fairfax, VA | June, 2022
forgottag

Date: 2015-05-22

Date: 2013-06-14
Bravo Spirit Mix

Date: 2013-05-17
Location: KALAMA WA
  • Uploaded by Joy

Date: 2013-05-17

Date: 2013-05-17

Date: 2013-05-17
Location: In my garden in Kalama, Wa.
Date: Mid Summer
  • Uploaded by Joy
Location: Millcreek, Utah, United States
Date: 2020-08-06
Location: Athol, MA
Date: 2017-06-17
Opening bud.

Date: 2015-04-13
Location: western Oregon
Date: 2016-01-04
Location: Athol, MA
Date: 2017-05-21
Location: Athol, MA
Date: 2017-05-20
Top view
Location: Athol, MA
Date: 2017-05-20
Underside
Location: Athol, MA
Date: 2017-05-20
Location: Athol, MA
Date: 2017-05-20
Side view
Location: West Central Tx 
Date: 2023-05-24
Some F2 volunteers.
Location: Cordoba, Argentina
Location: Cordoba, Argentina
Location: In my 8A garden.
Date: 2016-05-10
Location: All pictures taken in/on my gardens/greenhouse/property
Date: 2019-08-21
Petunia hybrida nana compacta 'Blue Bedder', apparently rare
Photo by Zachari
Location: Canada

Date: 2013-08-12
Photo by blue23rose
Photo by blue23rose
Photo by blue23rose
Photo by blue23rose
Photo by blue23rose
Location: Granite Falls, WA
Date: 2018-09-04
Purple Velvet
Location: Mercer Botanical Garden  Houston, Tx
Date: 2014-05-19
Location: In my garden in Kalama, Wa.
  • Uploaded by Joy

Date: 2013-05-16
Location: Jasper, Canada | August, 2022
Date: 2022-08-06
Location: My garden in Kentucky
Date: 2008-06-21
There are 'Supertunia Royal Magenta', 'Supertunia Vista Bubblegum
Location: My garden in Kentucky
Date: 2008-06-21
There are 'Supertunia Royal Magenta', 'Supertunia Vista Bubblegum
Location: Jasper, Canada | August, 2022
Date: 2022-08-06

Date: 2022-04-01
Location: Quad Cities Botanical Garden, Rock Island, Il.
Date: 2012-07-02
Location: KALAMA WA
  • Uploaded by Joy
Location: central Illinois
Date: 2012-10-16
Location: Potohar, Pakistan.
Date: 2012-11-01
Location: Banff, Canada | August, 2022
Date: 2022-08-07
Location: Port Orange, Florida
Date: 2018-02-19
Location: Cascade of Time Garden, Banff, Canada | August, 2022
Date: 2022-08-01
Location: Fairfax, VA | August, 2022
Date: 2022-08-20
Location: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Date: 2016-05-20
Night sky petunia
Location: In my garden in Kalama, Wa.
Date: 2008-09-20
  • Uploaded by Joy
Location: all photos from my gardens
Date: 2021-06-30

Date: 2013-05-17
Location: Jalpaiguri
Date: 2018-02-16
Location:  Jasper, Canada | August, 2022
Date: 2022-08-04
Location: Temple, Texas
Date: 2023-06-15
1st year specimen
Location: Temple, Texas
Date: 2023-06-15
Planted April 2023 from starter plant.
Location: Canada
Location: Canada

Date: 2013-05-17

Date: 2013-06-14

Date: 2013-08-12

Date: 2013-08-12
Location: Greece
Date: 2019
Location: Cascade of Time Garden, Banff, Canada | August, 2022
Date: 2022-08-01
70% sure this isnt calibrachoa?

Date: 2014-08-05

Date: 2009-01-02
Location: Quad Cities Botanical Garden, Rock Island, Il.
Date: 2011-07-02
Location: Cascade of Time Garden, Banff, Canada | August, 2022
Date: 2022-08-01
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Comments:
  • Posted by Marilyn (Kentucky - Zone 6a) on May 20, 2013 11:07 PM concerning plant:
    "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."

    Taken from wikipedia's page at: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/P...
Plant Events from our members
dragonfetti On March 20, 2015 Seeds sown
Sparklers in BH container
dragonfetti On March 9, 2015 Seeds sown
Heirloom vining in L container
dragonfetti On December 9, 2014 Obtained plant
"Old Fashioned Vining Heirloom Petunia. Received from Planet Natural for sowing spring 2015.
dragonfetti On December 9, 2014 Obtained plant
Received from Seeds Needs, "Sparklers" Mixture for sowing spring 2015.
lovesblooms On March 26, 2020 Seeds germinated
lovesblooms On March 7, 2020 Obtained plant
white NOID; winter sow
lovesblooms On March 7, 2020 Seeds sown
labelled black; winter sow
lovesblooms On March 7, 2020 Seeds sown
labelled "Dolcissima full mix"; winter sow
lovesblooms On March 3, 2018 Seeds sown
winter sown; labeled "mix"
lovesblooms On January 15, 2017 Seeds sown
w/s; light pink
lovesblooms On March 22, 2016 Seeds germinated
lovesblooms On March 7, 2016 Seeds sown
winter sown, dark purple wave
MrsBinWY On June 10, 2017 Transplanted
Planted out
MrsBinWY On April 12, 2017 Seeds germinated
lots
MrsBinWY On April 2, 2017 Seeds sown
milk jug, room temp, 9 groups of seeds from ishareflowers
NikkiGerena On June 12, 2017 Transplanted
antsinmypants On August 6, 2022 Obtained plant
Obtained 8 from house where the owner passed away. Dad was working on cleaning the house afterwards & got permission to get whatever plants he wanted out of the yard. 2 White, 2 Barbie Doll Pink, 2 Yellow/White Bi-color, & 2 dark purple.
antsinmypants On May 21, 2022 Seeds sown
Direct sowed above raised bed, in hanging bucket, & in pot with Easter lilies.
antsinmypants On April 10, 2021 Plant emerged
antsinmypants On March 30, 2021 Seeds sown
WS - Jug 46
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Discussion Threads about this plant
Thread Title Last Reply Replies
New petunia by springcolor Dec 19, 2013 11:13 AM 3
Looks like regular petunia to me by purpleinopp Oct 19, 2022 7:55 AM 5

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