Petunias are very resistant and colorful flowers that adapt well to growing in containers such as pots or hanging baskets. However, keep in mind that even the healthiest and most vigorous plant needs to receive basic care, particularly if you want to keep it flourishing throughout the growing period. Caring for a cute petunias hanging pot is not laborious at all, it only takes a few minutes each day.
If you want your petunias to bloom throughout the season, you should remove all the withered flowers. As the flower begins to die, take it firmly just below the tiny green hood and pull it off the stem. This is known as “headless”. Keep in mind that by removing the flowers and not the small green hoods from the ends, you are not promoting the additional growth, but by inviting the plant to replenish the flower. The petunias are very odorous and release a kind of sticky sap when the head is made. If this is a problem for you, use scissors to remove the dried flowers.
Petunias have a high water content both in their foliage and in their flowers, so they need to have a routine of frequent watering that prevents them from drying out and getting damaged. You may notice that your plant seems to wilt at the end of a hot day, only to relive moments after receiving a little water. Water your pots with petunias in the morning hours so they have enough water to spend the day with. In very hot and sunny or windy and dry regions, you will most likely need to water them twice a day.
Petunia flowers have the habit of stretching looking for the sun during their growth stages. This will eventually make your flowerpot look crooked. It is almost certain that one side will have an abundant cascade of flowers on the outside, while the other will be empty. To avoid this, the pot should be rotated every three days. Turn the plant a quarter turn at a time to ensure that all parts of the plant are receiving an adequate amount of sunlight. If your pot is already unbalanced, turn the flowerless side to the sun and leave it for a week or until the problem has been corrected.
Other basic care
Petunias are very hardy plants and rarely require special care. In fact, you can trim your plants so they become taller, or cut the area that falls to invite it to spread. Petunias need to be fertilized infrequently, only after having removed many withered flowers. This will help stimulate the appearance of new buds and flowers. Always remember to lower your hanging pots to the ground to avoid being knocked down by storms or wind and the plants are affected.
- Greenhouse Pleasant Valley: Care for hanging pot
- Iowa State University: Care for hanging flower pots with flowering plants