Petunia is a very gentle-looking flower, conquering people’s hearts with its soft scent, wide range of colors and subtle shape. This plant is known for an outstanding adaptability to different living conditions, and is widely used in decoration of all indoor and outdoor spaces. Petunia can tolerate comparatively harsh conditions and hot weather. Due to this capacity and a large variety of bright colors and species, petunia is a recognized jewel of landscape design.
Petunia inspired many poets, artists and even scientists, who named an asteroid discovered in 1921 after this charming flower.
The name of this plant derives from the Portuguese word «p-0etun», which translates as «tobacco». And it’s not a mere coincidence. Tobacco and petunia are closely related plants together with potato, tomato and eggplant. If you decided, that petunia comes from Portugal, you are not right, as the first petunia flowers spread around the world being brought from another Portuguese-speaking country, which is Brazil. The first plants were introduced to Europe only in the 19th century. Since that time petunia inspired many poets, artists and even scientists, who named an asteroid discovered in 1921 after this charming flower.
Most species of petunia, which can be found in the majority of gardens, are hybrids. It means that you should be ready for surprises, if you decide to grow your plant from picked seeds. Your seedlings will develop and grow very quickly. However, their flowers most probably won’t be as big and bright as their mother’s were.
There are 4 major groups of petunia flowers: multiflora, milliflora, grandiflora and hedgiflora.
Multiflora type includes flowers of a medium size, which do not blossom much during wet and hot weather. Multiflora flowers can be white, yellow, purple, pink and blood-red.
Milliflora is characterized by the smallest flowers. Nevertheless, this group shouldn’t be underestimated as these flowers grow in abundance and satisfy the eye with their incredibly bright colors. They don’t even need pruning to maintain beautiful and healthy look.
The most cultivated type of petunia is grandiflora. These flowers are very big and can be of different colors and shapes. But they don’t tolerate heavy showers.
Hedgiflora petunia is the quickest growing type. Their capacity to cover large zones of soil in a very short time is very impressive.
Some species of petunia produce gooey sap on its leaf cover, which protects them from some harmful insects and pests.
The most cultivated type of petunia is grandiflora.
Many people prefer to grow petunia in a hanging pot. One of the best suitable pots for this plant is Vista by Santino.
is two-in-one pot which contains three parts:
● the external stylish pot with water reservoir and water level clear window;
● the inner pot, which is a container for the plants planted in it;
● the hanger providing secure support. Also it has a drainage bottom plug for indoor or outdoor use.
VISTA by Santino is:
● SELF-WATERING WICK SYSTEM WITH CLEAR VIEW WINDOW. The best solution for water loving plants moist roots for over 4 weeks
● TIME SAVING/HASSLE FREE. The best solution for those who are busy
● FAST GROWTH. Our system enables optimal air circulation in the roots
● UNIQUE LACQUER PLASTIC POT. Durable UV stable planter great for indoor outdoor use
Made of plastic, Santino pots are strong, durable and reusable, year after year. All self-watering planters include a large built-in reservoir which draws water to the roots for up to 4 weeks and prevents them from rotting by allowing an easy oxygen circulation. Santino pots are great for an outdoor garden, balcony, indoor decoration, greening projects etc.
Push the brackets outward to release the hanger. Remove brackets by turning them 90° clockwise.
Take soil and perlite, prepare a good garden mix. The best soil for petunia growing in a hanging pot is lightweight.
Put a small amount of mix into the inner pot.
Place your petunia into the flower pot. Try not to disturb the roots.
Fill the remaining soil around the plant at the bottom of the plant level. Slightly compress.
Insert hanger hooks the openings and affix by turning counterclockwise to vertical position.
Water petunia well directly into the soil. When you water petunia, use filtered water and remember that water exceedance as well as its lack is very harmful to your plant.
Petunias prefer low humidity and moist soil.
Generally, petunias prefer low humidity and moist soil. In drier climate zones, petunias should be watered on a daily basis. Flowers growing outside the house should be watered and fertilized in the evening. When the sun is high, watering procedures may be damaging.
Keep an eye on your petunia – the water-level window will help you to understand when it is time to water your plant.
Though we mentioned an outstanding adaptability of petunias, it doesn’t mean they do not need being cared for. This plant is light-demanding. Make sure, that you provide not less than five hours of sunlight every day to your petunia, if you want it to look bright and bring delight to your eyes.
Fertilizers are highly recommended for all gardeners, who want to keep their petunias colorful and healthy. Use appropriate fertilizers about 2-3 times a week during the most blossoming period, which starts in early spring and ends in late autumn.
Use fertilizers about 2-3 times a week during the blossoming period.
One of the most important things in taking care of petunia is deadheading. You should deadhead your plant properly and often. If you don’t deadhead petunia, it will become too leggy and less blossoming. Trimming should be also done on a regular basis. Some gardeners advise to cut about 1/3 of your planter and 1/3 of petunia’s length each week. It doesn’t take much time, but helps to maintain well-cared for look of your plant.
Deadhead your petunia properly and often. Don’t forget to trim your plant as well regular basis.
Research has shown that petunia’s scent makes us feel better, improves our mood and working capacity. Some people sniff petunia as they are convinced that its scent cures headache. However, due to petunia’s brightness it’s considered to transmit the feeling of fury. Thus, it would be better not to offer petunia as a gift, because some people may misunderstand the message.