I recently planted a variety of petunia colors including white, pink and purple. You can also find petunias in red and yellow. Petunias are native to South America. They grow as an annual in most places including Florida. Plant as early as February for a long season of blooms.
Some of the different petunia hybrids include Cascadia, Surfinia and the Wave.
With a trumpet-shaped flower, the petunia seems to herald in Spring in Florida. Petunias are some of the best flowers for Spring because they thrive in cool weather.
Here are a few tips for growing petunias in your Florida flower garden in the Spring:
- Add organic matter or compost to your soil to prepare for planting.
- Plant petunias about 10 to 12 inches apart.
- Add a light layer of mulch but keep the mulch away from the stems of the plants.
- Water frequently the first few weeks and then gradually limit watering. If you are growing petunias in container plants, you will need to water more often. Water when the soil feels dry.
- To handle petunia pests such as aphids, hand pick them or treat with a natural pesticide.
When designing a Spring garden, choose cool weather favorites such as petunias, pansies and snapdragons. Most petunia flowers grow to 12 to 18 inches in height.
I usually deadhead my petunias to make the flowers bushier. Simply pinch off the spent flowers.
You can grow petunias in the sun or part-shade. I typically find petunias continue to bloom through April in Florida, but by May it's usually to hot for them.
I think petunias look best in the front yard as a border flower. Grow petunias along sidewalks or next to the driveway for a lovely entrance.
Petunias are lovely flowers that bring a burst of color to your Florida yard after winter has left most of of the landscape brown. Although it's not a native Florida plant, petunias are not at all invasive. Plant them in February or March when you get Spring fever!