Annuals forum: Petunias entered in ATP Database

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Name: Joanne
Calgary, AB Canada (Zone 3a)
I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Garden Ideas: Master Level Region: Canadian Charter ATP Member Seed Starter Roses
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Joannabanana
Nov 25, 2012 10:38 AM CST
There are now several hundred Petunia Series (950 varieties) set up in the Petunia Database. If anyone would like to help with the custom petunia data sheets per variety, please let me know. My clicker hand is numb.
The easiest way to search is from main Plant Database type Petunias (plural)
Start typing the series name in the cultivar search field
Name: Joanne
Calgary, AB Canada (Zone 3a)
I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Garden Ideas: Master Level Region: Canadian Charter ATP Member Seed Starter Roses
Plant Lover: Loves 'em all! Annuals Container Gardener Vegetable Grower Winter Sowing Enjoys or suffers cold winters
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Joannabanana
Nov 30, 2012 6:06 PM CST
We are now over 1000 varieties in the Petunia Database

I entered the Italian petunias (breeder Farmen)
Series:

Dolce / Dolcissma

Bella Pure Colours
Bella Picotee
Bella Harlequin
Bella Star

Candy Picotee & Pure Colours

Can Can Picotee & Harlequin

Kaliffo Picotee

Donna Pure Colours, Vein, Star, and Picotee

Nuvolari

Gioconda

Capri


The custom data sheets are upcoming. If you have photos of any, please don't be shy.
Name: Caroline Scott
Calgary (Zone 4a)
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CarolineScott
Dec 3, 2012 12:05 PM CST
Thank you for your efforts on this data base.
I had no idea that there were so many!
Yes, the rest of us should try to add to what is there.
Name: Teresa
South central KY (Zone 6b)
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bluegrassmom
Feb 7, 2013 5:05 AM CST
Wow, I was clueless but should haven't been, with daylilies being in the thousands lol.

Any suggestions on the best to grow from seed that are drought resistant and hardy?
Name: Karen
Cincinnati, Oh (Zone 6a)
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kqcrna
Feb 7, 2013 5:54 AM CST
Your choices are endless. How do you want to use them? Cascading from pots, upright in the ground?

The most prolific and drought tolerant I've ever grown is Laura Bush, and I found the purple prettier than the pink variety. They are an old fashioned, upright, drought tolerant type, bred for a hot climate. They reseed like crazy

http://www.texasgardener.com/pastissues/marapr02/laurabush.h...

http://shop.wildseedfarms.com/Laura-Bush-Petunia/productinfo...

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But I think if you want them cascading from pots, you might like waves or cascades or some of the other new types.

Karen
Name: Joanne
Calgary, AB Canada (Zone 3a)
I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Garden Ideas: Master Level Region: Canadian Charter ATP Member Seed Starter Roses
Plant Lover: Loves 'em all! Annuals Container Gardener Vegetable Grower Winter Sowing Enjoys or suffers cold winters
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Joannabanana
Feb 7, 2013 8:51 AM CST
Wahoo! Some more petunia lovers. Hurray!

1st, I would recommend having a look at this ATP Gardening Idea: http://garden.org/ideas/view/Joannabanana/282/Big-B...
and also this one: http://garden.org/ideas/view/Joannabanana/252/The-j...

For hanging baskets & containers: choose a variety that is described as mounding or semi-mounding with a mature size of larger than 15 inches.
My top choices for seed varieties are: Opera Supreme Pink Morn, Limoncello (best yellow semi trailing big flowers from T&M), All the Ramblin' series - fave is Burgundy Chrome, Avalanche Grape is a very unique colour. Waves will drape and tend to have big root systems. Easy Waves are a bit higher in the middle and less daylight sensitive. Shock Waves have a tighter habit and smaller flowers
New intro this year that I would definitely would try is Trilogy Series
Tidal waves are excellent for planters, but they are big plants. For a 20" diameter planter 3 plants would work well

Upright growth habits are better in ground or in a container, not hanging basket, like the Sophistica series
The petunias I mentioned are all free flowering and do not require diligent deadheading
Double petunias have one bloom at the end of the stem. The multi-flora/milli-flora mentioned above have several blooms along the stem

Some new 2013 "seed" varieties that you may also find and would be worth growing is: Ball Hort Pretty Floral & Pretty Grand, but they are not spreading
New Shock Wave colours this year: Deep Purple, Rose Improved
Tidal Wave Hot Pink is very fragrant
Plush and Taffy Series looks interesting and would suit hanging baskets
Burpee Home Gardens Poprocks are similar to Shock Waves

Hope this helps
Name: Teresa
South central KY (Zone 6b)
Consider the lilies of the field
Seller of Garden Stuff Irises Hostas Region: Kentucky Lilies Peonies
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bluegrassmom
Feb 7, 2013 8:57 PM CST
Thanks for the info.

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