By Aneela Jamshed
When we talk of beautiful gardens in winters, it is really important to know of certain plants which will be blooming effectively. While all of us would wish for a range of flowers and plants in their garden, what doesn’t happen is knowing what needs to be done all the time. Growing petunias can offer long term color and help to brighten dreary borders with lovely pastel colors. But here’s the good news- it’s not all rocket science to be able to grow your own petunias.
As it turns out, petunia care is simple and easy. After learning how to plant petunias you can include them in your flower bed and container garden.Petunias are divided into two main types: compact bushy petunias with an upright habit, and trailing petunias with stems up to 90cm long. Within both groups there’s a huge choice of colours and flower shapes to choose from. Colours range from ultra-brilliant pinks, reds, and purples, to soft pastel shades and white. The size of the flowers ranges, too, and you can choose varieties with ruffled edges and bi-coloured blooms, along with single- and double-flowered varieties.
So what is the main thing you need to know about growing petunias?
Petunias need regular watering because their shallow root systems dry out quickly. However, make sure the soil is well drained because soggy soil can cause root rot and yellowed foliage. Petunias grown in containers may need more frequent watering, possibly every day, especially in hot weather.While petunias will grow in a partially shaded location, a fuller and more abundant bloom is produced in full sun. You should also be looking at the soil preparation.
Before planting petunias, look into well-composted organic matter. You should also look at when petunias should be purchased. When purchasing young petunias, choose plants with a compact form and unopened buds. Open blooms on the petunia are best removed after planting for a more abundant show in the future.Petunias need a good rich soil to perform well. In borders, prepare the soil by mixing in plenty of well-rotted compost or soil conditioner, in advance of planting. For pots and containers, petunias do best in peat-free, multi-purpose potting compost. For raised containers like hanging baskets and window boxes that are exposed to drying sun and wind, choose a compost that includes water-holding granules.
Petunias need plenty of sun, fertile soil, and shelter from strong winds. This is especially true when you look at how you will be planting these in Winters. The immense versatility of petunias means the growing habit of different types can be matched with almost every type and size of pot and container. Trailing petunias are ideal for growing in hanging baskets, raised pots, or tumbling over the sides of pots and window boxes. They make unusual and colourful ground cover in borders and can also be planted to tumble down slopes, banks, and from raised beds. The choice is abundant. Allowing you to make amazing settings which will be making a major impact as well. You should know how buying plug plants of petunias can be a good compromise between raising from seed and buying more expensive garden-ready plants. Make sure you pot them individually into 9cm pots and grow on a well-lit windowsill or in a heated greenhouse, only planting out after hardening off and when all danger of frost is past. And ways in which they can make a major setting in winter? Some petunias, principally trailing varieties, can be kept over winter if cut back and brought into a warm environment. If space is limited, root cuttings in late summer, pot up individually into small pots and keep on a windowsill indoors for the winter.