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Old 06-19-2013, 11:28 AM   #1
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~~~ petunias ~~~ :)

I have other flower pots with other kinds of flowers, but my petunias are just stunningly beautiful right now. They're full and just the right height. So pretty.

How can I keep them this way? They tend to get too tall and spindly (?) by July, and then I want to toss them.

Any gardeners out there who know?

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Old 06-19-2013, 02:26 PM   #2
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I have other flower pots with other kinds of flowers, but my petunias are just stunningly beautiful right now. They're full and just the right height. So pretty.

How can I keep them this way? They tend to get too tall and spindly (?) by July, and then I want to toss them.

Any gardeners out there who know?

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You have to dead head them. I love them at first then they start to look awful. I do look after them but I guess dead heading isn't enough.
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Old 06-19-2013, 02:32 PM   #3
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I cut mine back when they get too leggy. They look terrible at first, but then they start flowering again.
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Old 06-19-2013, 03:49 PM   #4
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I think I dead-head them IF that means pull off the old, dead blossoms?
If its more than that, can someone explain?

Also, when and how do you 'cut them back'? I'd love them to look this good through the summer! Is it possible?
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Old 06-19-2013, 03:59 PM   #5
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First off, let me just say that I do not have a green thumb.

Next year, look for "Bubblegum Petunias." They stay great all the way into Fall and do not take much care at all. You can dead head them or not.
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Old 06-19-2013, 06:04 PM   #6
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*Fertilize regularly, at least weekly. Or add a good extended release fertilizer like Osmocote.
*Cut them back just before they get long + "leggy", this will help them get fuller
*Deadheading isn't necessary for Wave/Supertunias I.e. trailing spreading petunias. However I do it some anyhow and it seems to give at least a few more blossoms.

This year has been great for a lot of blooming plants like petunias as its been cooler than usual here. But when it gets hot they probably won't be as happy. If you can, move them out of the sun periodically to give them a break. And obviously keep them watered. I work in a garden center and this is when we start to really have to work hard to keep the annuals looking decent .
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Old 06-20-2013, 03:21 PM   #7
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My mom keeps a gorgeous yard, and she waters faithfully. (Early morning or late evening).
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