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dead-heading petunias

Started 1275521699.113 in In the Garden | Last reply 1275592377.263 by robomo

What's the best way to dead head petunias? I'm never sure where to pinch...or cut...

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namealread­ytaken1275521890.5237734 PostsRegistered 7/13/2009

Snap their heads and if they do not snap easily, they need watering. In other words, do it with your fingers, just snap it out between your index finger and thumb very fast. If it seems reluctant or drags, you need to water. Never use a piece of metal to cut when you can use your fingers to "snap their heads off."

AuntG1275522019.7836209 PostsRegistered 1/31/2009Wisconsin

Pinch them off.

edgyangel1275522170.463323 PostsRegistered 10/14/2008Michigan

But where do you snap them? Down to the end of where the flower grows or just right below the bloom?

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AuntG1275523029.3876209 PostsRegistered 1/31/2009Wisconsin

I'm no expert but I've always pinched them off right at the base of the bloom. It's pretty hard to destroy a petunia so they should be fine no matter what you do.

gardenman1275523030.58317011 PostsRegistered 6/30/2005Southern New Jersey

Where you deadhead doesn't really matter as long as you remove the area where the seed would form. That's what deadheading is trying to prevent. It's not always necessary to deadhead a petunia, it depends on the petunia. Plants in the Wave series don't need deadheading. I've found that most petunias do okay without constant deadheading. Around the middle to end of July they'll benefit from a bit of a shearing to remove some of the older growth and they'll put on a growth spurt afterwards with lots of fresh flowers.

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edgyangel1275523556.03323 PostsRegistered 10/14/2008Michigan

Thank you for the replies. I do have wave petunias so maybe I've been pinching them too much...I just planted them 10 days ago and they are looking good so far but the last couple of years that I've planted them they didn't look that great so I'm just trying to give them the best care I can this year! Does anyone use the spray and grow from qvc? Does it work?

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Lori K1275524390.673675 PostsRegistered 10/6/2004

I love petunias but swore years ago I would never buy any more because they were so much work. At my local garden center this year they told me the wave petunias didn't need the deadheading so I decided to buy a pretty hanging basket. I have had to go out every day since I bought the darn thing to dead head in order for it to look nice. Live and learn I guess, ha!!

esmerelda1275524613.53314398 PostsRegistered 10/6/2004

Lori K...I've had the same experience with my Wave. I thought I misunderstood why it was so special (no deadheading). I had one a few years ago that didn't need any deadheading. Don't understand why it would be different now. I guess I'll treat it like any other. Yes, live and learn!!

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southres1275569992.94235 PostsRegistered 5/1/2008
On 6/2/2010 Lori K said:

I love petunias but swore years ago I would never buy any more because they were so much work. At my local garden center this year they told me the wave petunias didn't need the deadheading so I decided to buy a pretty hanging basket. I have had to go out every day since I bought the darn thing to dead head in order for it to look nice. Live and learn I guess, ha!!

I always plant either the Wave or the Supertunia variety....hate deadheading! I do cut back the Wave mid-season so it branches out a bit more.

mom of 71275574713.5732077 PostsRegistered 4/10/2010

{#emotions_dlg.scared} What???? {#emotions_dlg.scared} You don't have to dead head Wave petunias? I've been doing it since I brought the plants home!

How do you get the center of a hanging basket to get blooms? My petunias have blooms that hang over the basket but, nothing blooms in the center. {#emotions_dlg.mad}

minkbunny1275574861.39726640 PostsRegistered 7/15/2007

I used to just pinch them off right below the seed pod but I don't mess with them anymore, I buy impatiens, begonias, etc. And LOVE gerbera daisies, have some bright red and bright yellow ones, they look perfect every day. Petunias used to be so pretty, a real go to annual. Now most of the ones I see out and about look droopy, the petals seem to slime at the least bit of mositure, etc.

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Lynneuk1275575063.3678210 PostsRegistered 11/3/2006

If you get the million bells petunias or the calibrachoa, they are the smaller ones, then you don't have to pinch. They are self cleaning.

These are the only ones I get now and all I do is add the three month fertilizer to the potting mix, then keep well watered and they last all summer with no further work involved.

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esmerelda1275591951.2514398 PostsRegistered 10/6/2004

I've found the calibrachoa to be very forgiving also. If neglected a bit, they bounce back after a good drink.

Haven't heard of million bells...or is that another name for the calibrachoa?

minky...I'm about done with petunias too. Love the "self-maintaining" flowers. Smile

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robomo1275592377.2639407 PostsRegistered 3/15/2005

I never touch my Petunias - they are a hanging basket for the deepest purple - gorgeous. Bought them at the grocery store of all places and they are doing great!

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