Petunia – Supertunia® Trailing Purple

Garden Height
4 - 8
Spacing
12 - 18
Spread
24 - 36
Habit
Trailing
Container Role
Spiller
Flower Size
Short
Flower Colors
Purple
Light Code
YO
Light Level
Part Sun to Sun
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Features:

The Best Petunia. Period.®

  • Award Winner
  • Continuous Re-Bloom
  • Dead-Heading Not Necessary
  • Drought Tolerant
  • Heat Tolerant
  • Long Blooming

Attracts: Hummingbirds

Maintenance Notes:

Self-cleaning, no deadheading necessary, this is not necessarily true of all Petunias.

Fertilize often for best summer performance.

Late July and August is when plants should be at their best, but there is only one problem: The plants have run out of energy and the gardeners realize it too late to help the plants recover. This is especially true in raised containers and hanging baskets. Here is the best way to keep your Petunias in the Super category.

1. When you buy them in the spring, buy a slow release fertilizer to top dress the basket or container. If you plant your own basket, incorporate some of the slow release fertilizer in the soil as you plant. Follow the package directions.

2. In May fertilize with a water-soluble fertilizer once every two weeks. Mix up the fertilizer and water the plants just like you would if you were using clear water. It normally takes a good half of gallon of water to really water a 10" wide basket or raised container.

3. In June as the weather starts to get warm to hot, fertilize weekly, again with a good soaking. If the weather turns really hot as it sometimes does in Late June you may need to fertilize every third watering. By now the Supertunia is really growing and starting to tumble down from the basket or fill out across the flowerbed.

4. July is when the cutting back occurs. Around the 4th of July, (after your big party) get some of the slow release fertilizer that you bought in spring and re-apply across the top of the planter. At the same time, trim back some of the longer branches just enough to bring the plant back in line with the bottom of the pot or basket. Don't remove too much at the maximum cut back 20% of the branches or 1 in five shoots. You can also just give it a general light trim. Your plant will be out of flower for a few days, but will come back stronger than ever. By now with July's heat you should be watering at least every other day and begin to fertilize every other watering. I know it sounds like a lot, but if you want a plant to grow like an elephant and be the most it can be, you got to feed it like an elephant!

5. August is, hot, humid, & sometimes with monsoons. Keep up the water and fertilizing, and again, if the plant starts to look straggly remove a few more branches but never more than 20% or give it a general trim as before.

6. It is September and the plants should still look good, start to back off the watering and the feed, but shape the basket with the last pruning of the season.

I know it sounds like a lot of work, but it really is a labor of love. I fertilize my baskets and my garden every time I water, and I water daily from mid July through August. I recently invested in the WaterWise irrigation system and let me tell you it really works. You will find that your Supertunias, along with all the rest of your plants will keep looking fantastic through September and perhaps with the luck of a gardener and a late frost maybe even into October.

Uses Notes:

Use in hanging baskets, window boxes, landscaping and combinations planters.

Maintenance Category: Easy

Water Category: Average

Bloom Time: Planting to Hard Frost

Hardiness Zones: 11b

Flower Form: Mass Planting

Soil Fertility: Average Soil

pH: A - pH 5.5 - 5.8

EC (2:1 Extraction Method): 1

Fertilization: 200 - 300

Light Requirements: High

Water Requirements: Moderate to Moist

Rooting Out Temperature: 65 - 72° Fahrenheit

Growing On Temperature: 55 - 65° Fahrenheit

Holding Temperature: 40 - 50° Fahrenheit

Planting and Timing Information:

Early Spring through Fall Finish. Standard PPP.

Finishing Times [weeks]:

4-5" and Quart Pot: 4-6
6" and Gallon Pot: 5-7
7-9" Pot: 7-9
10-12" and Two Gallon Pot: 8-10

Pinching and Growth Regulators:

For all sizes of containers, pinch the liner 1–2 weeks after transplant; for containers larger than 6” and for hanging baskets, trim around the edge of the container as needed prior to spacing or hanging of the baskets. 

10-15 ppm Sumagic spray or 1-3 ppm Bonzi drench are effective at controlling growth. Apply as needed. Supertunia Minis may require higher rates of PGRs. Cold temperatures will also effectively control growth. -Supertunia Black Cherry is more susceptible to flower damage from chemical applications late in the crop cycle.

Pest and Disease Management:

Good sanitation practices include keeping greenhouses clean at all times, eliminating weeds and debris, disinfecting equipment in greenhouses as often as possible and keeping hose ends off of the greenhouse floor. Good water management practices are critical for good, healthy plant growth.

Grower Tips:

-Requires high light in production. -Needs 250+ ppm fertilizer. -Watch pH and EC levels. -Mini Strawberry Pink Veined, all veined varieties and Bordeaux are more sensitive to cold. Keep above 50 F. -Cold temperatures also control growth. -Yellow growth tips often indicate iron deficiency caused by high soil pH. -Do not bring Supertunia petunias in too early as they finish quickly. -Many common problems with Supertunia can be avoided if proper crop timing and the appropriate environment are provided. -Supertunia Black Cherry is more susceptible to flower damage from chemical applications late in the crop cycle. -Cooler growing temperatures, high light levels, proper spacing and drier growing practices can be very helpful in managing plant size.

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