I've tried a few of the different colors and always come back to this one as it just is more hardy and blooms better.
Supertunia® Bordeaux™ Petunia hybrid
- Hardy Zones
- 10 - 11
- Part Sun to Sun
- Mature Size
- 6 - 12 Inches
Supertunia petunias are vigorous with slightly mounded habits that function as both fillers and spillers in containers. They are also excellent landscape plants, best suited to be placed near the front of beds. They have medium to large sized flowers.
Use in hanging baskets, window boxes, landscaping and combinations planters.
Self-cleaning, no deadheading necessary, this is not necessarily true of all Petunias.
Fertilize often for best summer performance.
Late July and August is when plants should be at their best, but there is only one problem: The plants have run out of energy and the gardeners realize it too late to help the plants recover. This is especially true in raised containers and hanging baskets. Here is the best way to keep your Petunias in the Super category.
1. When you buy them in the spring, buy a slow release fertilizer to top dress the basket or container. If you plant your own basket, incorporate some of the slow release fertilizer in the soil as you plant. Follow the package directions.
2. In May fertilize with a water-soluble fertilizer once every two weeks. Mix up the fertilizer and water the plants just like you would if you were using clear water. It normally takes a good half of gallon of water to really water a 10" wide basket or raised container.
3. In June as the weather starts to get warm to hot, fertilize weekly, again with a good soaking. If the weather turns really hot as it sometimes does in Late June you may need to fertilize every third watering. By now the Supertunia is really growing and starting to tumble down from the basket or fill out across the flowerbed.
4. July is when the cutting back occurs. Around the 4th of July, (after your big party) get some of the slow release fertilizer that you bought in spring and re-apply across the top of the planter. At the same time, trim back some of the longer branches just enough to bring the plant back in line with the bottom of the pot or basket. Don't remove too much at the maximum cut back 20% of the branches or 1 in five shoots. You can also just give it a general light trim. Your plant will be out of flower for a few days, but will come back stronger than ever. By now with July's heat you should be watering at least every other day and begin to fertilize every other watering. I know it sounds like a lot, but if you want a plant to grow like an elephant and be the most it can be, you got to feed it like an elephant!
5. August is, hot, humid, & sometimes with monsoons. Keep up the water and fertilizing, and again, if the plant starts to look straggly remove a few more branches but never more than 20% or give it a general trim as before.
6. It is September and the plants should still look good, start to back off the watering and the feed, but shape the basket with the last pruning of the season.
I know it sounds like a lot of work, but it really is a labor of love. I fertilize my baskets and my garden every time I water, and I water daily from mid July through August. I recently invested in the WaterWise irrigation system and let me tell you it really works. You will find that your Supertunias, along with all the rest of your plants will keep looking fantastic through September and perhaps with the luck of a gardener and a late frost maybe even into October.
The Best Petunia. Period.® Ahhhh. To be in the full sun among the birdies and the flowers, it is delightful, yes? So peaceful, so lovely, so how do you say it? Real? I can tell by the look in your eyes that you are a person of exquisite taste and refinement. That you surround yourself with beauty is obvious. Yet perhaps, just perhaps, something is missing. Something that would bring you great joy-- that would fill the emptiness in your hanging baskets, containers, and landscapes. Please permit me to help.
For you alone I will cover myself with a plethora of blooming flowers the color of a maiden's blushing cheek. I will vein them with the richness of dark, sweet wine. Your hands, your lovely hands, will never know the repetitiveness of deadheading. Neither the burning heat of summer nor swarms of nectar-crazed butterflies and hummingbirds can change what I feel for you. For myself, I ask nothing except food and water. It is only so that I may remain with you, still fresh, still cloaked in blooms until the first hard frost. Or if you make a home for me in zones 10 - 11, we can be together always. Now take me. I am yours.
- Rosalyn WaglerCottage GroveTennesseeUnited States14 weeks ago
Really pretty trailing flowers. I have got so many blooms from mine.Jennifer WinshipVernonBritish ColumbiaCanada3 years ago
I have grown this in a hanging pot in my backyard several different years. It's my favorite Supertunia. That's all that is in that pot.Judy YoungoneidaWisconsinUnited States3 years ago
The color is stunning. So many blooms and they fill and spill perfectly. Definitely my favorite this year.Naomi LynneMinnesotaUnited States3 years ago
Always looks great the entire summer. I plant these every year in the baskets hanging from my porch and deck.annieIndianapolisIndianaUnited States4 years ago
2012 was the first year I grew the Bordeaux Petunia. He was planted in a container with a Lemon Nemesia and Yellow Chiffon Calibrachoa. Outstanding! It was also my husband's favorite container of the year! In fact, I will replant again in 2013!MichelleReginaSaskatchewanCanada4 years ago
Love color...it's purple. Grows very well, does not get too leggy, lasts late into season with foliage still looking good, needs some trimming but not alot of deadheading or seed removal.Gail Mason, Garden GoddessAdaMichiganUnited States4 years ago
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- Maxine Johnson5 years ago
I've planted this is the containers on each side of my front portico. I used it last year and again this year. It is just a gorgeous plant. It looks great with the purple cone flowers and black eyed susans that line my walkway to the portico. They just don't know when to quit and are probably the best petunia I've ever owned.judy young6 years ago
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|2012||Top Performer||Massachusetts Horticultural Society at Elm Bank|
|2012||Plant of Distinction||University of Georgia|
|2012||Top Consumer Preference||Ohio State University - Columbus|
|2012||Top Performer||Ohio State University - Columbus|
|2012||Top Performer||Colorado State University|
|2012||Top Perfomer||Texas A & M - East Texas Bedding Plant Trial|
|2012||Top Performer||Mississippi State University - Crystal Springs|
|2012||Top Performer||Ohio State University - Columbus|
|2012||Top Performer||University of Georgia|
|2012||Top Performer||Kansas State University|
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What you'll need
Color SchemeWarm and CoolExposureSunPot Size16"