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Supertunia® Bordeaux Petunia hybrid

(44 REVIEWS)
Exposure
  • Part Sun to Sun

The optimum amount of sun or shade each plant needs to thrive: Full Sun (6+ hours), Part Sun (4-6 hours), Full Shade (up to 4 hours).

Flower Season
  • Spring
  • Summer
  • Fall
Mature Size
12" 24"
Height
6 - 12"
Spread
18 - 24"
  • Details

    Features

    I make OTHER plants green with ENVY.

    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.

    Best Seller
    Award Winner
    Continuous Bloom or Rebloomer
    Long Blooming
    Heat Tolerant
    Deadheading Not Necessary
    Drought Tolerant
    Attracts: 
    Butterflies
    Hummingbirds

    Characteristics

    Plant Type: 
    Annual
    Height Category: 
    Short
    Garden Height: 
    6 - 12 Inches
    Trails Up To: 
    30 Inches
    Spacing: 
    12 - 24 Inches
    Spread: 
    18 - 24 Inches
    Flower Colors: 
    Pink
    Flower Shade: 
    Soft plummy-pink flowers with deep, rich plum-purple veins
    Foliage Colors: 
    Green
    Foliage Shade: 
    Green
    Habit: 
    Mounding Trailing
    Container Role: 
    Spiller

    Plant Needs

    Light Requirement: 
    Part Sun to Sun
    Maintenance Category: 
    Easy
    Bloom Time: 
    Planting To Hard Frost
    Hardiness Zones: 
    10a, 10b, 11a, 11b
    Water Category: 
    Average
    Soil Fertility Requirement: 
    Average Soil
    Uses: 
    Container
    Uses: 
    Edging Plant
    Uses: 
    Groundcover
    Uses: 
    Landscape
    Uses: 
    Mass Planting
    Uses Notes: 

    Use in hanging baskets, window boxes, landscaping and combinations planters.

    Maintenance Notes: 

    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.

    Supertunia® Bordeaux Petunia hybrid 'Lanbor' USPP 16,144, Can 2,532
  • 44 Reviews

    • I planted 6 different varieties of Supertunias this year. Unfortunately, the Bordeaux struggled the entire season. The other varieties outperformed Bordeaux in spades. We had an exceptionally cool, wet spring followed by a hot and dry summer. I think the slow arrival of any warmth was a contributing factor to its poor performance so I will probably try it again in future.

      Sally Andrade
      Ontario
      Canada
      2 weeks ago
      Marginally Adequate Performed below expectations but may be willing to try again.
    • As the cherry on top of this magnificent performer is the lovely fragrance it had this year!

      Georgayne Appleton
      Iowa
      United States
      1 year ago
      Outstanding My favorite plant, I recommend to others all the time and explain the reasons why I like it so much.
    • In a hot, sandy bed it galloped across the ground and bloomed prolifically all summer. DEF planting it again next year.

      DWSmith
      British Columbia
      Canada
      1 year ago
      Above Average Superior performance, among my favorites, would recommend to others.
    • 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.

      Rosalyn Wagler
      Tennessee
      United States
      2 years ago
      Outstanding My favorite plant, I recommend to others all the time and explain the reasons why I like it so much.
    • Really pretty trailing flowers. I have got so many blooms from mine.

      Jennifer Winship
      British Columbia
      Canada
      5 years ago
      Above Average Superior performance, among my favorites, would recommend to others.
    • 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 Young
      Wisconsin
      United States
      5 years ago
      Outstanding My favorite plant, I recommend to others all the time and explain the reasons why I like it so much.
    • The color is stunning. So many blooms and they fill and spill perfectly. Definitely my favorite this year.

      Naomi Lynne
      Minnesota
      United States
      5 years ago
      Outstanding My favorite plant, I recommend to others all the time and explain the reasons why I like it so much.
    • Always looks great the entire summer. I plant these every year in the baskets hanging from my porch and deck.

      annie
      Indiana
      United States
      6 years ago
      Outstanding My favorite plant, I recommend to others all the time and explain the reasons why I like it so much.
    • 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!

      Michelle
      Saskatchewan
      Canada
      6 years ago
      Outstanding My favorite plant, I recommend to others all the time and explain the reasons why I like it so much.
    • 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 Goddess
      Michigan
      United States
      7 years ago
      Above Average Superior performance, among my favorites, would recommend to others.
  • 56 Awards

    Award Year Award Plant Trial
    2012 Plant of Distinction University of Georgia
    2012 Top Performer University of Georgia
    2012 Top Perfomer Texas A & M - East Texas Bedding Plant Trial
    2012 Top Performer Ohio State University - Columbus
    2012 Top Consumer Preference Ohio State University - Columbus
    2012 Top Performer Mississippi State University - Crystal Springs
    2012 Top Performer Colorado State University
    2012 Very Good Perfomer University Laval
    2012 Top Performer Massachusetts Horticultural Society at Elm Bank
    2012 Consumer Choice University of Florida - Fort Lauderdale
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