Saturday, June 17, 2017

Petunia Pinching

Petunias are lovely, humble annuals and so prolific. If you want to keep them full and lush, no matter what they say about no deadheading required, you might like to follow this tip. Many of you know this already, but for those like me who didn't, it will be helpful. Thanks for asking, Debby!

It's pretty drippy outside so I'll take the camera indoors and take it from there.











That's all there is to it, simply remember to pinch the wilted blossom and the star back. This will ensure a very happy plant indeed. Of course, watering and fertilizing and location are also important. Mine seem to be melting at the moment so may need to come in out of the rain for the next several days.




And on that soggy note, a reminder to myself... You be Sweet, too!

32 comments:

  1. That's how I do it! What a pretty color of petunia.

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  2. I like to say petunia out loud. That's a good visual tip. Now I'll tell myself to be sweet today.

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  3. Hi Vee, Thanks very much for the info. Enjoy the day.

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  4. Hello Vee, great tip for keeping the plants full. I know it can be quite tedious when there are lots to pinch. Happy summer.

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  5. Oh, excellent! Thanks for sharing! I don't have any petunias at the moment, but I am thankful for this tip.

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  6. The colors are beautiful Vee . Hugs and blessings , Cindy

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  7. I always add Petunias to my planters on the patio; such happy flowers. It's a rainy weekend here too, but I have work in my studio to do and baking later:-)

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  8. Thanks , I had been removing the dead blooms but
    didn't know about nipping the star off to.

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  9. I am so not a gardener. I did not know that tip, so I thank you for sharing it! I am thinking that might prevent the "legginess" of late summer petunias.

    Weekend blessings to you . . .

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  10. Thanks for the tip - didn't know this and have petunias!!! Love the 'Be Sweet' vase, and it would be a good reminder for me, too! Blessings!

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  11. Thanks, Vee. I've never been sure about this, and now I have three petunia plans on my deck! I'll do some pinching when it cools off a bit.You explained this perfectly clearly.

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  12. Thanks Vee for this tip. I've never been terribly fond of petunias, because the spent blossoms are so slimy, and they do require constant attention to deadheading. I do have some in a hanging basket this year, so will be careful to do it properly. I'm sure it will make a difference!

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  13. Gee thanks, Vee! I started out by just popping off the shriveled blooms but pretty much knew that wasn't going to do the trick. I have actually been doing it the right way! (when I remember) I think if they weren't so sticky I'd do it more often. I have one hanging basket that I got for a couple of bucks because it was nearly half dead and it was long and straggley. I chopped it off just a few inches from the dirt line so we'll see how she comes back. Enjoy your rain...we are getting it too :)

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  14. Great tips, Vee. I do miss our petunias as they are such happy flowers. My children's job in the summer was to deadhead the petunias in our brick patio planter. There were 36 to 40 plants to be deadheaded, so I heard a lot of complaining. It's true they get so lush if you continue this all through the season. I love the vase in your kitchen window. I'll try to remember. ♥

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  15. Thank you for the lesson, I appreciate your suggestions.

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  16. Hi Vee!

    thank you, I've been doing it wrong all this time! Now maybe my Petunias will be more prolific and beautiful!!

    Hugs,
    Barb

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  17. This is a great tip, and one I'll be using later on when the petunias have had enough sun that the flowers actually die. I have a Night Sky petunia that is just gorgeous! Thanks, Vee!

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  18. Thanks for that tip. : )
    Love the be sweet bottle!!

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  19. I didn't know about the 'star' needed to be removed, too! Perhaps, like Cheryl said, it may prevent legginess. I love petunias but stopped buying them because of the legginess.

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    1. Yes, it will prevent legginess.

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  20. Great tip - I did not know about the star part! I also need to fertilize I think! We are getting some rain storms over here too - it's hot and humid. Summer has arrived!

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  21. Thanks for this tip. I've never had much luck keeping them producing and now I know why.

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  22. I just bought my Dad a hanging basket of petunias today for my Dad for Father's Day, and I started deadheading the flowers. My husband said, "No, not just the dead flower but the bit behind it too." I didn't know what he meant...but now I do!
    It is always funny when I read a post ON THE SAME DAY about something I did earlier that day!

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  23. Very Heloful tip!! Thanks Vee
    Happy Sunday...

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  24. I'm definitely a petunia lover too Vee - more happy memories from childhood gardens in England!
    I always deadhead mine - they do seem to grow so much fuller and better when this little job is done.

    . . . . . . and I really love that last photo.
    Mary x

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  25. To think all these years I have been deadheading them all wrong. Perhaps that contributes to why I find that to be rather unattractive by mid summer. This season I will remember your well-done tutorial and "off with the stars". Thanks for the tip.

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  26. Thank you for this simple explanation! I have always heard to pinch them back but no one has ever said how far. I hate to pinch off the next bud so my petunias always end up scraggly and leggy. I can't wait to try this :)

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  27. Thanks for the petunia tip, Vee, and now if I could get squirrels to quit eating them, maybe I could plant them again!!
    p.s. I loved the Father's Day tribute...so sweet and I loved the photos.

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  28. Thanks for the tip. They do require a lot of deadheading, don't they? Sweet pics of you and your dad.
    ps. and thanks for reminding me not to feel guilty, It's a knee-jerk reaction of mine. xo

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  29. Great tips. My mother-in-law gave me the most gorgeous container gardens for my front porch which included petunias. I have been deadheading like crazy, but didn't know about the star part. Love learning new things. :) Also, loved the photos of you as a tiny tot and your dad!!

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