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Supertunias are an epic and daring petunia sequence that is an award winner and bestseller in backyard garden centers throughout the U.S.

This drop, the LSU AgCenter is introducing Supertunia Mini Vista Indigo to the amazing-year bedding crops on the Louisiana Tremendous Plant list. It joins Supertunia Vista Bubblegum, which was named a Super Plant in 2017. Both equally are superb neat-period once-a-year bedding vegetation for all of Louisiana.

Both Vista Bubblegum, a vivid pink, and Vista Mini Indigo in shades of purple, are among the the most strong petunia types. They both equally glimpse great mass-planted in the landscape for a striking display screen of coloration but function similarly effectively in containers and hanging baskets wherever the flowers can cascade above the edges.

Normally plant the transplants at the original cell pack or pot depth. Both equally versions can normally be found in 4-inch or in 6-inch pots at back garden centers.

Whilst older types of petunias endured in Louisiana’s sizzling and humid local climate, supertunias are easy-care vegetation that will need minor regime maintenance. They develop best in complete to partial solar, and they perform nicely in a lot of types of soils as extensive as it drains nicely. Petunias want acidic soil in the pH range of 5.5 to 6.5.

Plants expand to an average peak of 6 to 12 inches and can trail up to 2 to 3 feet. Place crops in the back garden at a foot or two apart. Mulch with pine straw, leaves or pine bark to assist maintain a clear appearance of the landscape mattress, limit moisture loss and aid control weeds. Mulches also insulate the soil, keeping roots heat when temperatures fall.

The crops will create the most flowers with an software of controlled-launch fertilizer included into the soil at the time of planting.

Petunias in containers will need to be fed far more often, as vitamins leach from the pots with each watering. You can feed with a liquid fertilizer every single 14 times, or you can implement a controlled, sluggish-launch fertilizer about just about every two months. All varieties of Supertunias are heavy feeders.

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Supertunias have a vigorous development fee with a mounding, trailing habit.

Petunias present beautiful coloration to the landscape and attract pollinators these types of as butterflies and hummingbirds. Supertunias are steady bloomers and are self-cleaning, that means they do not have to be deadheaded to motivate new blooms. In the landscape, they are most frequently made use of as an edging plant or groundcover. With their trailing routine, they are fantastic for hanging baskets.

If your plant begins to seem slender, leggy or a bit worn out, an all-over trim can be beneficial. Use a sharp pair of pruners or scissors to trim back up to 1-3rd of the plant. Following trimming, use a h2o-soluble fertilizer to give the crops a bounce on new expansion and to encourage branching and robust flowers.

Slide plantings of petunias overwinter properly and deliver blooms until late May well. Late wintertime- and early spring-planted petunias usually very last until early June, but if the temperature cooperates, the more warmth-tolerant petunias — like Supertunia Vista Bubblegum and Supertunia Mini Vista Indigo — can endure summer time.

There are eight sequence of Supertunias on the market place, classified by their flower and foliage sizes.

The Supertunia Appeal and Mini Vista collection have miniature bouquets with a global trailing pattern of 2 toes and 4 ft, respectively. The Supertunia Trailing series has medium-sized bouquets with a 6-foot trailing routine. Suptertunia, Supertunia Double, Supertunia Picasso and Supertunia Vista all have big flowers and path up to 4 ft. Supertunia Huge has even more substantial bouquets with a vigorous trailing habit of 6 ft.

There are quite a few varieties of Supertunia hybrids available at backyard centers this drop. The latest cultivars supplied are Honey, Definitely Crimson, Picasso, Latte, Royal Velvet, Bordeaux, White, Limoncello, Raspberry Rush, Lovie Dovie, Trailing Strawberry Pink Veined, Black Cherry, Daybreak Allure, Blue Skies, Trailing Silver, Huge Pink, Trailing Blue Veined, Trailing Rose Veined, Royal Magenta, Bermuda Beach front, Mulberry Charm and Trailing Blue. Also search for the double petunia hybrids, Priscilla and Sharon.