Petunias - How to Choose the Right Type of Petunia

April 5, 2014 – 04:00 am

Buttery Yellow Petunia 'Prisim Sunshine'Photo Courtesy of All America Selections (AAS)Grandifloras are one of the oldest varieties. These petunias grow eight to twelve inches high and have the large (4-5"), wavy-edged blossoms that petunias first became known for. They can be single or double. Grandiflor petunias have the largest flowers, but the flowers get pummeled by rain and are unpleasant to deadhead. However some of them, like 'Prism Sunsine' are stunning.Petunia 'Celebrity Chiffon Morn' S)Multiflora petunias have a more compact growth habit than grandifloras. The flowers are smaller (2"), but more prolific and they hold up better against rain. There is also a wide range of colors. Multiflora petunias are a better choice for garden beds and also work well in containers.

Hybrids of grandiflora and multiflora petunias often share qualities. The "Madness" series that was introduced in the 1970s had grandiflora sized flowers and multiflora weather tolerance. A whole new category was created to describe them, the 'Floribundas'. Today you will find floridbunda petunias with either small or large flowers.

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  • Spectacular Chilean relative of the petunia, introduced in 1824
  • Branching 12-24-inch stems with 2-inch striped trumpet-shaped flowers in a wide range of almost metallic colors
  • Salpiglossis comes from two Greek words meaning trumpet and tongue, referring to the velvet-like blossoms; annual

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Yep, they'll do a number on geranium flowers

And also petunias, and other ornamental tobacco family plants. There's a good little article from Sunset on the problem here:
Looks like you can use the "organic" Bacillus (BT) for control besides picking each little worm out of there. BT's about the only thing to spray on anyway, since the pest is apparently notoriously immune to insecticides.
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Look on leaves for little brown flecks if u find them, u most likely have budworms. the flecks r their poop. they destroy flowers,buds and leaves. I have recently seen japanese beetles obliterate the poor plants in two days. try spraying water lightly over plants and then quickly scan for moving insects, as this may help to identify them..or...shake plant over a bag and see if a bug drops in. this can he also help identify. could b slugs if there is mulch near . check soil on ground or pot for snails ,slugs etc. I hand pick most slugs,snails, and beetles and have good results.good luck

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