How to Identify and Manage Common Petunia Pests

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Is something eating your petunia plants? Your garden is filled to the brim with pests that would love to dine on the flowers and foliage. Luckily, most of the pests you’ll deal with are very manageable with a few easy steps. This guide covers everything you need to know about petunia pests and control strategies.

What Are the Different Types of Petunia Plants?

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Colorful and long-blooming petunias come in many types, with different growing habits and flowers of various sizes. Our guide explains 5 common categories of petunias, including one with oversize blooms, ground cover options, and self-cleaning varieties that don’t require any deadheading. Discover your favorites now.

How to Grow and Care for Petunias

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With eye-popping colors and an extra-long blooming season, petunias are popular annuals. The blooms can be blue, purple, yellow, or even striped. Plant petunia seeds or starts to grow in hanging baskets, borders, and containers. Our guide provides the best step-by-step instructions to care for these flowering beauties.

Are Petunias Cold Hardy? Tips for Outdoor Winter Care

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Petunias are not cold hardy, and they grow as perennials only in Zones 9-11. But even in cooler climates, you can maximize their blooming season outdoors with a few preparations. Follow these strategies for preparing petunias for cool weather, and you’ll have waves of blooms well into autumn. Read more now.

Your Complete Guide to Overwintering Petunias

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Most of us toss our petunias at the end of the growing season because they can’t survive freezing weather. But there’s another option. You can overwinter petunias in a protected spot so you can enjoy their vibrant color again next season. There are two ways to do it, and this guide will show you how. Read more.

Grow Mexican Petunias (Ruellia Simplex) for a Heat and Shade Tolerant Perennial

If you’re looking for a versatile, low-maintenance shade plant that does well in the sun, too, consider Mexican petunia, aka Ruellia simplex. Sporting purple, pink, or white blooms, this easy-care hardy perennial comes in varieties short and tall, and you’ll love its slender, droopy leaves and sometimes-purple stems.