Growing Petunias and saving seeds

June 16, 2014 – 02:38 pm

PetuniaSeedsBefore growing vegetables exclusively, I was also into ornamentals. When it comes to container gardening, ornamentals are at the top. 99% of people who own a garden have only ornamentals and there is a reason for it. Who wouldn’t love colors in their garden. Flowers, foliage you name it. There are colors everywhere.

Of all the flowering plants I grew, one of my favorites is Petunia. The reasons are very simple. It is easy to grow, flowers throughout the season and big attractive flowers with variety of colors.

Of course all these beautiful flowers come after some hard work. That’s what gardening is all about.

MyGarden 1994Lets get started:

Petunias are of different kinds

  • Grandiflora – The type that produces large flowers and most popular type.
  • Multiflora – Smaller than grandiflora but has lots of blossoms.
  • Milliflora – Small, compact flowers.
  • Groundcover- This variety spreads fast and used as a ground cover. Flower beds can be created with this variety.

Seed starting

MyGarden 1995Petunia seeds are very tiny. I mean very very tiny and also expensive. So don’t expect gajillion seeds in the seed packet. Based on the variety, you may get somewhere from few 10s to a 100s. The seeds look like the picture below. Sorry I didn’t place a known object in the pic to relate the size to. They are smaller than a small mustard seed. Petunia seeds are surface sown. What it means in English is, you sprinkle the seeds on the top of the soil and don’t cover them/bury them with soil. The seed is so tiny and hence the food stored for the germination is less too. So don’t expect it to push whole lot of mud above it. Sow the seeds on the surface of the potting mix. Potting mix can be only coco peat or a combination of coco peat and compost. Since the seedlings are very sensitive, you can use 80:20 mix of coco peat and compost. Sow the seeds and then water them gently. Seeds are so tiny that they can get dislodged if water is poured over them. Cover the seeds with clear polythene sheet. Petunia needs light to germinate.

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Source: geekgardener.in


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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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