Petunia is the name of flowers that grow on the plant of the same name. The trumpet-shaped flowers are believed to have originated in South America, but got their name from French. In most of the gardens, we see Petunia x hybrida variety, thought to be the hybrid between P. axillaris (the large white or night-scented petunia) and P. integrifolia (the violet-flowered petunia). Petunia flowers are amongst those that are easiest to grow, but look extremely beautiful. Many, though not all, of them are also fragrant. Being annuals, they last just one year. Though petunia plants require low-maintenance, there should be provision of full sun and enough water. Read on and get some tips on planting petunia flowers.
How to Plant Petunia
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- First of all, you need to buy petunia seedlings. They will be easily available at the local nursery.
- While buying the seedlings, enquire about the color and fragrance too. Petunias are available in numerous colors and not all of them have fragrance.
- Now is the time to prepare the soil. The first thing that you need to do is combine 1-2 spadeful compost into it.
- While preparing the soil for growing petunia plants, remember that they require average, but well-drained soil.
- Planting time of petunia will depend on the frost. Plant them when all danger of frost has passed.
- The spacing between petunia plants can range from 8 inches to two feet. Carefully follow label directions for the purpose.
- You need to regularly mulch around petunias. The process helps in keeping the sticky leaves and flowers clean.
- The soil of petunia plants should be at least slightly moist. However, make sure you do not wet flowers while watering. This will cause them to close.
- Fertilize your petunia plants on a regular basis. The best routine is fertilizing every four weeks, with a water-soluble fertilizer.
- Another option for fertilizing is to use a 9-month slow-release granular fertilizer, at the planting time only.
- Since petunias are annuals, you need to pull them out after the first frost and discard them.