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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
Nov 30, 2012 6:06 PM CST
|We are now over 1000 varieties in the Petunia Database
I entered the Italian petunias (breeder Farmen)
Dolce / Dolcissma
Bella Pure Colours
Candy Picotee & Pure Colours
Can Can Picotee & Harlequin
Donna Pure Colours, Vein, Star, and Picotee
The custom data sheets are upcoming. If you have photos of any, please don't be shy.
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.
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?
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
But I think if you want them cascading from pots, you might like waves or cascades or some of the other new types.
Feb 7, 2013 8:51 AM CST
|Wahoo! Some more petunia lovers.
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
Feb 7, 2013 8:57 PM CST
|Thanks for the info.|
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