Petunia – Trilogy Salmon Morn
salmon-colored flowers with white centers
Petunia x hybrida
This variety is one of my favorite petunia varieties to grow and will always have a place in my garden each summer. It is a multiflora variety, so it holds up really well against rain and wind. They have a mounding habit and look great in containers, hanging baskets, and as bedding plants. Space these 12-18″ apart if planting in flower beds or 2-3 per hanging basket or container. This variety will get about 10-12″ high and can spread out 24-30″ in beds and borders. Pelleted seeds for easier sowing.
Start seeds 10-12 weeks before your last average frost. Lightly press into sterilized, soilless seed-starting mix but do not cover as light is required for germination. Kept at 70-75° F, germination is in 7-21 days.
Space in the garden according to each petunia variety’s specifications. Petunias prefer full sun but will benefit from some shade very hot climates. They require regular water, especially if they are in containers. I water my container petunias almost daily during the hot spring and summer months here in the southeast. They also require regular, weekly fertilizing. I use liquid Miracle Gro or Jack’s Petunia FeED water-soluble fertilizer. While most flowering plants require a fertilizer where the N-P-K ratio has a higher P number to promote more flowers, petunias need a higher N number to prevent a boron deficiency (yellowing of the leaves), especially if your soil is not acidic enough. I prefer fertilizing my petunias once a week with liquid Miracle Gro. To encourage more flowers, deadhead spent flowers. If your petunias start to get leggy and unsightly, with some varieties you can cut the plants down to about 6″ above soil level, and in a few weeks, they will bloom again.
Short (less than 12")
Full Sun, Full Sun / Partial Shade
Attracts Pollinators, Grows Well in Containers
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