Seeds forum: Mexican Petunia Seeds with little bugs

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Swamp_Yankee
Feb 8, 2018 6:27 PM CST
I live in a cold climate, but I like the purple Mexican Petunias. I am aware that they won't make it through a New England winter, but would like to enjoy them for the summer . I nabbed some seeds on a trip to the Domican Republic last month. Now some little bugs are emerging. What to do?
Name: Kristi
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pod
Feb 8, 2018 10:22 PM CST
I would be tempted to put them in the freezer to kill the bugs. I have stored many seeds in the freezer with no problem. I cannot honestly say I ever froze the Mexican petunia. Good luck! Crossing Fingers!
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kqcrna
Feb 10, 2018 7:27 AM CST

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You especially don't want to introduce a new foreign bug from a foreign country. I'd make sure to kill the bugs then destroy the seeds.

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Name: Kristi
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pod
Feb 10, 2018 9:04 AM CST
@Swamp_Yankee ~ now I'm curious. I grow four different types of Mexican petunia. Did you snap a photo of this one? Do you know what type it is? Perhaps I (or someone else here) could share seeds with you this summer instead. Please let us know... and Welcome!
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Swamp_Yankee
Feb 10, 2018 4:36 PM CST
I do not have photos. They are the tall purple ones which grow in the south of the usa. I have very limited space for any more plants Sad
Name: James
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Txtea
Feb 10, 2018 6:01 PM CST
I grow the blue, red and pink and have never experienced this problem. You need to be cautious they can become aggressive plants.
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Onewish1
Feb 11, 2018 4:22 AM CST

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Are they the same as these? .. use them as a annual here
Petunia (Petunia exserta)
Name: James
Fabens,TX (Zone 8a)
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Txtea
Feb 11, 2018 5:45 AM CST
Yes they are. I also used them as annuals but this year placed two in green house and they have taken the winter just fine.
Name: Kristi
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pod
Feb 11, 2018 10:33 AM CST
Sorry guys, you threw me. That is a pretty petunia bloom.

What I've always known as Mexican petunias is Ruellia. https://garden.org/plants/sear...

I don't suppose we'll ever know for sure as it looks as though we may have lost @Swamp_Yankee Shrug!
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Name: James
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Txtea
Feb 11, 2018 3:06 PM CST
@pod you are correct on the Ruellia. Now the red one was discovered is Southern Louisiana by DuPont It does have a very pretty bloom. I have tried to save seeds from them without luck.
Name: Kristi
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pod
Feb 11, 2018 3:54 PM CST
The red is very pretty. I have one of the little Katie Ruellias' in white which is less common but had never seen the red. Thanks James.
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Onewish1
Feb 12, 2018 4:17 AM CST

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The seeds from the red are like dust .. I haven't been able to collect any either
Name: Kristi
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pod
Feb 12, 2018 7:20 AM CST
If seeds are impossible to collect, how on earth do they reproduce? Are they perennial in mild climates?
Be content moving inch by inch because, by days end, the inches, will add up to feet and yards.

Fulfilling ambitious objectives is usually done one step at a time.
Name: Allison
NJ (Zone 6a)
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Onewish1
Feb 13, 2018 3:31 AM CST

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Evergreen in Brazilian climate .. my buddy in PA collects them. . She sent me seeds twice.. would think a mesh baggie over the bloom .. just haven't had luck with critters knocking them off
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