The Main Plant entry for Petunias (Petunia)

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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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Location: Lindon, UtahDate: 2009-06-20With fan flower and million bells
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Location: Savannah, Georgia (my garden)Date: 2018-09-09This is what happens when birds plant petunias.
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Location: My gardenDate: 2019-01-14
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Location: Quad Cities Botanical Garden  Rock Is., Il.Date: 2010-07-04
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Location: My GardensDate: Summer 2009Container Grown
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Location: Pittsburgh, PennsylvaniaDate: 2016-05-13Night sky petunia
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Date: 2013-06-01
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Location: My garden in Northern KYDate: 2008-06-02There are 'Supertunia Royal Magenta', 'Supertunia Vista Bubblegum
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Location: Quad Cities Botanical Garden  Rock Is., Il.Date: 2010-07-04
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Location: Indiana zone 5Date: 2013-06-23
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Location: My GardensDate: Summer 2009Container Grown
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Location: My Cincinnati Ohio gardenDate: 5/19/2014Petunia seedlings
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Location: HoustonDate: 2014-05-22
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Location: central IllinoisDate: 2011-10-01
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Location: central IllinoisDate: 5-23-19
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Location: central IllinoisDate: 2019-07-22
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Location: My garden in Northern KYDate: 2008-06-21There are 'Supertunia Royal Magenta', 'Supertunia Vista Bubblegum
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Location: My garden in Northern KYDate: 2008-06-21There are 'Supertunia Royal Magenta', 'Supertunia Vista Bubblegum
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Location: My garden in Northern KYDate: 2008-06-02There are 'Supertunia Royal Magenta' (2), 'Supertunia Vista Bubbl
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Location: In my garden in Kalama, Wa.Date: Mid Summer
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Date: 2013-05-17
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Location: Mercer Botanical Garden  Houston, TxDate: 2014-05-19
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Date: 2015-05-22
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Location: western OregonDate: 2016-01-04
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Location: In my 8A garden.Date: 2016-05-10
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Date: 2018-04-12
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Location: Temple, TexasDate: 2018-04-21My all-time favorite petunia.
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Location: In my garden in Kalama, Wa.
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Location: In my garden in Kalama, Wa.Date: 2008-09-20
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Date: 2009-01-02
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Location: central IllinoisDate: 2012-10-16
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Location: Quad Cities Botanical Garden, Rock Island, Il.Date: 2012-07-02
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Location: Quad Cities Botanical Garden, Rock Island, Il.Date: 2011-07-02
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Location: Woodbridge , VaDate: 06-23-16grown from cross pollinated seeds
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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."

Taken from wikipedia's page at: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/P...

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