Petunias are one of the most popular flowering plants around, and they can be found growing in gardens all over the world. Originally from South America, they can generally handle both hot and cold climates as long as they have access to the right kind of sunlight and nutrients to reach the flowering stage.
There are more than 100 different varieties of petunias to be found, although gardeners are lucky when choosing petunias because of the fact that there aren’t all that many differences between all of the varying types.
They’re an annual, which has made them popular all year through a variety of different seasons. If you’re hoping to add them to your garden, there are a few ways to make sure your petunias are the best around – and they’re not nearly as hard to get flowering as you might have thought.
Here are 8 great care tips for your petunias to keep flowering.
1. They Prefer Sun
Petunias prefer sun, and in areas with moderate climates they should be planted where they have access to full sunlight if you want to ensure you have happy and healthy petunias – but the same isn’t true for areas that get harsher sunlight.
If you live in an area that gets more direct sunlight, then you should consider the fact that your petunias should get just as much shade instead. While petunias like to have access to sun, they don’t like to be exposed to direct and harsh sunlight found in some hotter parts of the world that could risk killing the plant.
If you notice that your petunias are starting to look wilted when exposed to the sun, the best thing you can do is install temporary shade-netting to block off the rays, or move the plants to a better location if you planted them in pots to begin with.