Plant Of The Month - May
MARVIN'S GARDEN CLUB
Often grown as annuals, petunias are popular because of their long flowering period. Multiflora are the most durable and prolific, while floribunda are fairly common and produce medium-size flowers. Milliflora are much smaller than others, but they are prolific and last all season. Spreading or trailing petunias are low-growing but spread 3 to 4 feet and form a vibrant, colorful groundcover.
PLANT OF THE MONTH
Did You Know:
Petunias are in the family Solanceae — nightshades — which includes tomatoes, potatoes, tobacco and eggplants.
Petunias are native to South America and are best grown in tropical areas.
The word “Petunia’” is from a native South American word “petun”, the name for tobacco, of which it is a close relative.
Petunias need full sun in soil that drains well.
Plant about a foot apart after the last spring frost in a place that is sheltered from wind exposure.
As Petunias are heat-tolerant, a thorough watering once a week should be sufficient. When you do water, keep in mind that shallow watering encourages shallow roots. The spreading types of petunias and those in containers require more frequent watering.
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