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How do you pinch back petunias to keep them from being so "leggy"?
I want my Petunias to bloom more fully and I have read that I should pinch them back. Where do I pinch and how much?
Hardiness Zone: 6a
By sharcady from Indianapolis, IN
Pinch off the flower just below the blossom but if the stems are dried out cut them back to where the dry area ends.
I live in California and I just whack my petunias way back with my pruning shears to about 2 inches. I do it several times a year They come back great.
What I always do is just remove the blooms when they start to shrivel up. This is what I have always been told to do. Otherwise the petunias quit blooming.
I was told from a local nursery that on your petunias you cut them back 1/3 when you plant them and then again in July. It takes them a little time to grow back out but they get so thick and bushy, their beautiful. Pattysue
I have petunias in a hanging basket. It seems to have leaf mold. We have been having some hot and humid weather lately. The plant does get full sun and looks beautiful but the center leaves are dying and the mold is spreading. Does anyone have any suggestions on how to remedy this and ways to prevent this problem?
Thanks for any help.
Mike from PA
Try some baking soda in a spray bottle and spray your plants ? Mite work and won't hurt them.
Editor's Note: Baking soda will kill weeds so I don't think it would work and might kill the plants.
Use a Q-tip or cotton ball moistened with alcohol and gently wipe the mold off a few leaves. Wait a day or two to see if the plant is OK and the mold is gone. If so, treat the entire plant. If it doesn't help or harms the few places you have treated, just 'prune' out the damaged pieces. I have had great success using alcohol on other plants to cure their ills, so perhaps the petunias will do well, too.
For mold removal, there is an enzyme based cleaner that has apparently been used successfully on plants. I recall reading their faq sheet online and you might want to check them out. Their products are very safe.
They carry MoldZyme - I use it for mold removal on my showers, gutters, etc (you name it). The company that manufactures it is EcoDisocoveries (www.ecodiscoveries.com).
Hope this helps in your quest for mold removal from plants.
Can you please tell me where to find a picture of the life cycle of petunias? Please.
By Flower power from Childers
Hardiness Zone: 5a
Mary from Green Bay, Wisconsin
Since your petunias started out fine I doubt very much you have a soil problem. Are you planting them in the same spot each year? One interesting thing I learned about Wave petunias just this year is that they should not be planted in the same beds two consecutive years in a row. Yep, crop rotation is recommended for petunias-specifically for Wave petunias. This little gem of information comes directly from the official Wave Petunia website, http://www.wave-rave.com. Apparently the first year you plant them they will do great. Each consecutive year you plant them in the same spot after that they have a tendency to decline. I imagine the decline is due to that fact that they are such heavy feeders. So, if you are planting them in the same beds every year, try moving them to a different spot in the garden next year and see what happens.
I'm from south-central WI and I thought this year's wave plants were nowhere near the quality that they have been in previous years. Even when shopping for them, I thought the blossoms looked about a third of the size of last year's batch.
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Photo Description When I took it out in early spring, it still had green growth on it. I removed the dead parts and placed the plant on the porch table. It did not take long for it to start new growth. When the nights dropped down in the 30s I put the plant inside the house and set it back outside the next day. After the plant filled out, I hung it on the porch in the sun. It really started growing and within a week, it was filled with flowers. In the fall, when it's time to take it in, I plan to place it under the house again and see if I can keep it through another winter.
Last fall, when it came time to take this petunia plant down, I trimmed it back and placed it under the house, right inside the crawlspace door to see if I could keep it through the winter. Keeping a check on it, I watered it a little a couple of times.
When I took it out in early spring, it still had green growth on it. I removed the dead parts and placed the plant on the porch table. It did not take long for it to start new growth. When the nights dropped down in the 30s I put the plant inside the house and set it back outside the next day.
After the plant filled out, I hung it on the porch in the sun. It really started growing and within a week, it was filled with flowers.
In the fall, when it's time to take it in, I plan to place it under the house again and see if I can keep it through another winter.
Petunias at our mail box, very pretty.
By Kathleen from Dothan, AL