How to Plant Petunias in a Planter or a Garden
If I Can Do it, Anyone Can
Planting Petunias for the Brown Thumb...
My mother and grandmother always had beautiful inside and outside plants. I believe they could have planted a tropical plant in dry sand, and the plant would have flourished.
For years I have planted and killed many poor plants. It got to the point that when I picked up a plant and put it my cart that my husband would mimic the plants voice as other people in the plant section walked past us by saying, “Please help me! Don’t let this killer of plants take me home.”
Finally, I picked up a six pack of petunias. I spent a little extra money of Miracle Grow enriched potting soil, hoping it could save my poor plants, and headed home to those sad, empty planters.
I called my mother and asked her how to keep these poor plants alive.
She laughed and told me petunias were one of the easiest plants you could grow. She said you could practically plant them one on top of the other.
Well, I had to try, so I headed back to the green house and bought several more six packs.
I poured my potting soil into my big planter and literally planted 24 petunias in it. I took each one out of its section in the pack, gently squeezed the roots to loosen them up, used my little hand held garden shovel, created a hole that was at least as deep as the roots up to the first leaf, placed the plant in the hole and fixed the dirt around them. I stepped back and looked at my work, and they looked awful!
I just knew I had sentenced another round of plants to their death. I called my mother back and she assured me that they would not only stay alive, but they would spread out and cascade down my planter in time.
She told me to make sure I watered them every day until they were established.
Once they were established, I continued to water them. The Miracle Grow helped. My mother came to look at my handy work and gave me another tip: pinch the dead flowers off so the new could grow through.
I found that keeping my petunias watered and pruned was very relaxing, and I felt like I had finally succeeded planting something that lived and flourished.
So here are the steps one more time:
- Fill your pot up with Miracle Grow
- Place the petunias as close or as far away from each other as you like – it is a matter of taste
- Water them every day
- Pinch off the dead flowers
- Make sure they are in a sunny spot
Voila, you have a gorgeous pot of color all summer long.
© 2011 Susan Holland
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