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How to Plant Petunias in a Planter or a Garden

Updated on November 9, 2015

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.

Beautiful petunias! Easy to grow.  Blooms from Spring to Fall.
Beautiful petunias! Easy to grow. Blooms from Spring to Fall.

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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    • sholland10 profile imageAUTHOR

      Susan Holland 

      6 years ago from Southwest Missouri

      GolfGal, those are gorgeous! Thanks for sharing. :-)

    • sholland10 profile imageAUTHOR

      Susan Holland 

      6 years ago from Southwest Missouri

      Oh Susan, I bet your petunia baskets were beautiful on your wrap around porch. I guess you are just starting your growing season. Petunias are the easiest way. Good luck!

      Thanks for dropping by! :-)

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      6 years ago from McKinney, Texas

      Great going.

      Try these too, treat them just like petunas and you will get the same result only the bloom is smaller and plentiful. I used to work at a garden center and the planters that we made were just breathtaking. These were always winners and the color choices are fab. A new gardener is born. Once you have success with one thing, you will with another.

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      Susan Zutautas 

      6 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      One year I went petunia crazy. I had 6 huge baskets hanging around my wrap around porch. I love all wonderful colors of them. This year I've been lazy as far as the garden and yard goes. I really need to get out there and start working on it. I think your hub has given me the push I need :)

    • sholland10 profile imageAUTHOR

      Susan Holland 

      6 years ago from Southwest Missouri

      Kelly, you are going to love petunias. They are so easy. I would love to have a long veranda with hanging baskets of petunias. They bush out and cascade down baskets and are simply beautiful. They draw hummingbirds, too. :-)

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      Kelly Umphenour 

      6 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      Oh I needed this today...I do not have the greenest thumb like I said, but I found the most beautiful planter while I was shopping - its a haning basked that is made of a beautiful vibrant fabric! It has a little drain plug and is lined with plastic...gonna put petunias in it tomorrow!

    • sholland10 profile imageAUTHOR

      Susan Holland 

      6 years ago from Southwest Missouri

      Thanks, Audrey! I hope you got them planted today. I planted mine a couple of weeks ago. I just love how they bush out!

      Thanks for dropping by and reading! :-)

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      Audrey Hunt 

      6 years ago from Idyllwild Ca.

      I'm off to get some pretty petunias first thing tomorrow.

      I like your instructions for planting...easy! Thanks so much and will think of you as I do my planting. Voted up!

    • sholland10 profile imageAUTHOR

      Susan Holland 

      7 years ago from Southwest Missouri

      Lisa and Kelly, I certainly am not good with flowers, but petunias are flowers I do well with and with very little care. The weather is so beautiful right now that I want to start planting them. Then again, and Kelly you will get this, living in MO, you never know what the weather is going to be from day to day. It is beautiful right now, and I am ready to play in the dirt. Although, I have noticed our cats in the pots, so off to get my garden gloves on first. Don't care to be getting "fertilizer" under my nails.

      Thanks so much for dropping by!! :-)

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      Kelly Umphenour 

      7 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      Awesome hub! I plant Petunias in my planters in the front of the lawn every single year. They are so forgiving...and once they begin to die if you pinch them off at the base of the flower they will really flourish in no time. These flowers are like me - hard to kill! haha!

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      Liz Rayen 

      7 years ago from California

      I absolutely Love petunias! I pot them every year in my garden and on my porch! Great step by step tips and vibrant pics make it very easy to want to just go out and buy a basket full from the nursery! Voted up and sharing!

    • sholland10 profile imageAUTHOR

      Susan Holland 

      7 years ago from Southwest Missouri

      Thank you, Madurai!! I love my petunias because they are so easy to grow. I hope you can plant them, too. Thank you for sharing!

      Thanks for dropping by! :-)

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      7 years ago from Online

      Great gardening tips and those who are already I treated in gardening also, this page will be really helpful. Socially shared..

    • sholland10 profile imageAUTHOR

      Susan Holland 

      7 years ago from Southwest Missouri

      Alcosin, Susan, and Tina, petunias are easy and beautiful. As I have always said, if I can do it, anyone can do it. LOL So glad all of you dropped by! :-)

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      Christina Lornemark 

      7 years ago from Sweden

      Petunias are a beautiful plant and there is nothing more wonderful than a pot filled with Petunias! I always buy them as small plants since I never get them to grow from seeds no matter how I try. The miracle grow sounds like a great tips to get healthy petunias! Thanks for the tips,


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      7 years ago

      I've always WANTED to love gardening, but it's just not for me. Many of the plants we buy have died, but our petunias do well. I agree--they really need water. Great job with this and very encouraging to someone wanting to get into gardening :)

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      Aurelio Locsin 

      7 years ago from Orange County, CA

      I can see where the effect would be spectacular. Voting this Up and Useful. Thanks for SHARING.

    • sholland10 profile imageAUTHOR

      Susan Holland 

      7 years ago from Southwest Missouri

      Thanks for the tip, HSB! I will try that.

      Thanks for dropping by! :-)

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      Cindy Murdoch 

      7 years ago from Texas

      It is really easy to save seeds from petunias as well. One little flower makes a whole lot of seeds. They will even freely reseed themselves.

    • sholland10 profile imageAUTHOR

      Susan Holland 

      7 years ago from Southwest Missouri

      Thanks! If I can grow petunias, anyone can grow them. I am not very good with plants.

      Thanks for dropping by!!

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      Shandria Ball 

      7 years ago from Anniston

      great hub for beginners!

    • sholland10 profile imageAUTHOR

      Susan Holland 

      7 years ago from Southwest Missouri

      YAY, Cybersister! I am glad your petunias are doing so well. Butterflies and hummingbirds love them. I know what you mean about the fake plants "dying" too. LOL

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      your cybersister 

      7 years ago from Just relocated from Florida to the mountains of North Carolina

      I love plants, especially flowering ones, but seem to have a black thumb. My artifical plants even loose leaves! This is the second season I have had a butterfly garden and this year, totally by a lucky accident, wound up with petunias in the front of it. They have just taken off the way you described, with only water and some plant food. Totally amazing!

    • sholland10 profile imageAUTHOR

      Susan Holland 

      7 years ago from Southwest Missouri

      Me, too, Bob. They also draw hummingbirds. :)

    • Bob Ewing profile image

      Bob Ewing 

      7 years ago from New Brunswick

      I like petunias, they add colour to the garden and work well in pots.


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