With their trumpet-like shape and dazzling array of colors, you are bound to find a Petunia that perfectly fits your landscape design. This widely popular annual flower originates in South America and comes in many varieties from vining types and groundcovers to more compact plants that are perfect for container gardening.
Actually part of the Nightshade family (like tomatoes, eggplant and potatoes), petunia blossoms are edible and have a peppery taste. They are often used in fancy culinary dishes or cocktails to add a quirky pop of color and unique flavor.
Growing Petunias in GardenSoxx® | Plant Family: Solanaceae
How to Grow Petunias in Your GardenSoxx®
While they are a bit slower to mature, Petunias can be planted from seed in the ground after the final frost date. They will take about 10 weeks to produce flowers. For a quicker bloom, start seeds indoors or visit your local garden center for already established seedlings to plant. Keep in mind that petunias will fill out nicely once planted, so give them space to do so, and be aware of which variety you are growing.
Vining petunias will need a trellis to climb, while wave petunias will need a large space to spread and fill. Keep them well-watered and ensure they have at least 6 hours of sunlight per day in order to thrive. Deadheading petunias as needed will keep the plants productive all season long up until the first fall frost.