No doubt, 2018 will go bottomward as the ‘Summer of Love’ in the garden. Oh, it’s not like the Summer of ‘42 or the Greek affair Summer Lovers, but it’s the year petunias started giving us that ‘loving feeling.’
To be exact, the trend apparently started a little beforehand but hit the bazaar with the accepted acme this year. If you haven’t estimated yet, I am talking petunias with hearts.
When I aboriginal saw Proven Winner’s Surfinia Heartbeat I was artlessly amazed. I anticipation to myself, how did they get a white petunia with blush hearts. I additionally anticipation it to be the ultimate Valentine’s gift.
Heartbeat is not any old petunia, it is a Surfinia, extensive 12-inches alpine and overextension 16-inches. It is absolute for bassinet or alembic mono-culture or accumulated in alloyed containers like you would a petunia with a band or a blast.
The hearts kept advancing about with Lovie Dovie. This is additionally a Proven Winners plant, but in this case, it is a Supertunia. They alarm it a blush and white band but you will see white hearts all summer. The blush is affluent and active showcasing the white heart, and they accept bloomed all summer in Columbus, Ga.
Lovie Dovie will ability 12 inches alpine with that active advance of 24 inches additional which you are acclimatized to with Supertunias, In Columbus, they were partnered in blind baskets with mandevillas and alloyed containers with Golden Delicious pineapple sage.
The best arresting in color, however, may appear from Amore Queen of Hearts from Danzinger, a aggregation in Israel. There is absolutely an Amore alternation of altered colors but the Queen of Hearts is artlessly breathtaking.
The hearts in this petunia are a abysmal blood-soaked red adjoin a accomplishments of cream. The petunias accept captivated up alluringly through a continued hot boiling summer extensive 12-inches alpine and a advance of 12- to 24-inches.
These petunias will accord you their hearts if you baddest a armpit in abounding sun. As acceptable as these new petunias are, don’t apprehend admirable success after able bed preparation. Take the time to assignment in 3 to 4-inches of amoebic amount and till to a abyss of about 8 inches.
As you do this, add about 2 pounds of a slow-release fertilizer per 100 aboveboard feet. I adopt a 12-6-6 blueprint with accessory nutrients, but that’s aloof me. The petunias will never apperceive the aberration if it’s article aing or counterbalanced but do use a slow-release anatomy of nitrogen. It’s a acceptable abstraction to accord them a ablaze appliance of fertilizer about already a ages during the growing season.
More than acceptable you’ll be growing these in baskets or alloyed planters. These will charge to be fed consistently because as you administer baptize frequently, anniversary dosage leaches out nutrients. I like to use a diluted, water-soluble fertilizer every two weeks.
You will absolutely be abashed to see the new shoots if you advance your fertilization program. Don’t be abashed to cut your petunias back. You will generally acquisition that acid aback and abacus a little fertilizer helps them survive August, and attending admirable through the fall.
These new petunias are so arranged with flowers that they absolutely can amaze all on their own. On the added hand, there are an about bottomless cardinal of assembly to consider, including solid colors of petunias.
If you are accessible for that ‘Loving Feeling’ from the garden, try Heartbeat Surfinia, Lovie Dovie Supetunia or Amore Queen of Hearts back the petunia division comes to your arena of the country again.
Norman Winter, horticulturist, garden apostle and columnist of, “Tough-as-Nails Flowers for the South” and “Captivating Combinations: Blush and Style in the Garden.” Follow him on Facebook @NormanWinterTheGardenGuy.
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