Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Petunia Rainbow Mixed

Botanical name: Petunia hybrida

Petunias, native to Argentina, are one of the most popular bedding annual flowers with wide trumpet shaped flowers and branching foliage that is hairy and somewhat sticky. It can grow up to 12 inches tall. Petunias are popular low-lying annuals that brag of their diversity of brilliant color and attractive green foliage. They bloom all summer with little maintenance and make perfect centerpieces to containers and hanging baskets and serve as good low bordering color to gardens. This petunia rainbow mixed seeds packet contains seeds mixture of color in Petunia Multiflora Single and Petunia Grandiflora Single series. Each packet has 200 seeds, you can expect good variation.

How to grow
Seeds can be started indoors about 8 weeks before transplanting to the outdoors. Sprinkle the tiny seeds onto the soil surface and gently press them into the soil. Do not cover with soil. Give them lots of light and warmth of about 70 to 75 degrees F. When planting the Petunias outdoors, wait until after the last frost and choose a full-sun location, either in a garden, pot or planter. New plants require plenty of water and regular fertilizer for continuous blooms. Space plants about 12 to 18 inches apart in garden beds, or place 1 to 3 plants in the center of each 10-inch container. Petunias require soil that is a peat based mix containing perlite or vermiculite for drainage. They grow best in full sunlight but will survive in shaded areas that provide at least 6 hours of full sunlight daily.

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