Ever wondered why a lot of people, the older kind to be specific, always grow petunias at home? Yes, you see old people in films growing petunias and getting all grumpy when you trample on them. Hmm, makes you wonder, doesn’t it? Well, the reason is simple. Petunias are outright beautiful. In fact, some people will argue that the blooms produced by a petunia are unrivaled in beauty, depth, and color. And, this does not even mention the sweet aroma it produces as well. If the idea of growing petunias yourself intrigues you, then here are some things to keep in mind.
Start with the seedlings. Typically, petunias are planted and grown in containers, garden and window boxes would be great options. In some cases, petunias can be tucked into a structure, be it a wall or an ornamental rock or stone. In any case, if you want to plant some petunias, you will want to start with the seedlings. This will entail choosing and purchasing the right ones. You will want to get seedlings that are short, young, and a little bushy. These are the healthy ones and the ones you can really raise to be healthy. In addition, you will want to select a plant that is ready for blooming, particularly a plant with a lot of buds. This will ensure that new blooms will soon arrive.
Plant the petunias. Now that you already have selected your seedlings, it will be time to transfer it into your planter or box. To do this, fill the particular container you will be using with soil mixed with peat moss. You can use vermiculite as well. In any case, make sure to mix the potting soil well in order to deliver the nutrients all throughout the mix. Fill the container about 3/4s full.
Each container can hold multiple petunias. This, of course, is only possible if the container or planter is of appropriate size. A good rule of thumb to keep in mind would be 3 petunia seedlings to every 10 inches of container. The bigger container you have, the more petunias you can plant in it.
Water it. Petunias need to be watered everyday at least once. Now if the area is humid and rainy and your petunias are exposed to the elements, then you can maybe lessen the watering frequency. Whatever is the case, it is important to keep the soil moist constantly.
Expose it. With regards to sun exposure, some people may tell you that petunias can grow in the shade, by a window or under the roof of the porch. This is true. However, if you are looking to have the best and most vibrant blooms possible, then you will want to have your petunias constantly exposed to the sun. At least 5 to 7 hours per day would do but the more, the better.
Once your petunias bloom, be amazed at how fantastic they are. When these blooms fade, believe it; they will, you will want to snip these off as soon as possible to encourage new buds to grow and bloom.