As part of my Administrative Professionals Day spoilings, my boss gave me some deep purple, potted petunias. Now I love me some living green, I haven't had to care for flowers in a very long time, maybe not ever. These petunias, despite their sturdy color, seem so delicate and fragile to me. The blooms are so flimsy and velvety, I'm really worried that I'm going to hurt them. I don't want to hurt them, of course, so if you have any tips and tricks, shout them out in the comments below!
Petunias love sunshine, and they do best when they get 6-8 of bright sun a day. A day! I have a back porch that doesn't get that much direct sunlight, but I think it's going to have to do, poor fellas. I have a dresser that is in front of a great, bit window, but last time I brought a plant in to sit on the dresser, I consistently forgot to open the blinds!
When petunia blooms begin to wilt, they need to be deadheaded. This means the flowers need to be snipped, pinched, or cut off (below the stem?). I didn't even know this was a thing until my friend at work told me! They should be trimmed when the stems become long and spindly, too.
Watering once a week should be fine, but I shouldn't water the petunias unless the top of their soil is dry. Moisture problems will arise if I water more often than they need it. Their current pot has no holes in it, which I believe is a real problem...
Petunias are surprisingly fragrant! I haven't been around them very much, and whenever I walk by them, it smells like a plant nursery! I love it!
When taking care of a petunia properly, it will bloom all through the summer! What a beautiful challenge!
|This is Ricky, my office plant.|
By the way, I usually name my special plants. My office spider plant is Ricky. Orion and Cassiopa were college plants. Survivor was a bean plant I grew when first coming to Georgia. Any idea what we should call the petunias? Do you have special plants?