Aladdin White Petunia Flowers

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Aladdin White Petunia Flower

Aladdin White Petunia Flower

Petunia Flowers are bright and lively, bloom from spring until frost, and scent the air with lovely fragrance. Best of all, they’re amazingly easy to grow, both in the garden and in containers.Petunias are one of the most popular garden bedding flowers. They have wide trumpet shaped flowers and branching foliage that is hairy and somewhat sticky. Petunias are prolific bloomers, although some forms require deadheading to keep them going. However most varieties will bloom throughout the summer, except in extreme heat. You can now find petunias in just about every color but true blue and with growing habits that mound in borders or trail down containers.

Petunias are annual flowering plants, native to Argentina. Within the petunia family there is great variety: single and double blooms, ruffled or smooth petals, striped, veined or solid colors, mounding and cascading habits and even some fragrance. Most of the petunias sold today are hybrids, developed for specific design purposes. Petunias are versatile annuals, providing a bounty of bright color from early summer until fall. They come in four main categories that span the color spectrum, including large grandifloras, compact multifloras, miniature millifloras, and spreading, trailing forms. Although big, cascading grandifloras are the traditional choice for containers, any type will work and adapt to life on a patio or balcony. Heat- and drought-tolerant, petunias are tough plants that thrive with minimal care.

Spreading type petunias, which include The ‘Wave’, ‘Supertunia’, ‘Cascade’ and ‘Surfinia’ series are some of the most popular petunias because most don’t need deadheading and they can be used as garden plants, ground covers or trailing in containers.‘Calibrachoa’ or ‘Million Bells’ look like tiny petunias, but they are actually an entirely different species. There are literally hundreds of named petunia varieties. They fall into four distinct categories, based on flower size and growth habit.

1. Grandiflora petunias, the most popular type, produce large flowers that are three to four or more inches across. They may be singles or ruffly doubles.

2. Multiflora petunias are often more compact. Their flowers are smaller than the grandifloras, but they make up for it with the sheer number of blossoms that are open at any given time. Like grandiflora varieties, they’re available in single or double forms, though the vast majority are singles.

3. Milliflora petunias are compact, miniature plants that produce abundant quantities of perfect, small flowers only an inch to an inch and a half in diameter. They make good edging plants and are also attractive.

4. Groundcover or “spreading” petunias are only about six inches tall, but spread so rapidly that they cover a huge area over one growing season, provided they’re watered and fertilized frequently. This makes them ideal for scrambling down a hillside garden, or planting atop a retaining wall.

Petunias do best in full sun, but can handle partial shade, especially in hotter areas. They are very slow to grow from seed. If starting from seed, begin at least 10 to 12 weeks before your planting out date.