I bought several pink supertunias last autumn for a large pot in my backyard. It had snapdragons in the center and was really filled in spectacularly. They lasted through the winter which was not shocking as this is Florida and it was a mild winter. We did experience several nights in the upper twenties but the pot was surrounded by trees and a house so it was fairly well protected - I did nothing as I expected it to die before Christmas. Here it is mid May, the snapdragons are long gone but the pink giant of petunias are still wonderful! A huge ball of color and happiness. I only fertilized them once when I felt sorry for them around March as they were still in bloom. I do water them and they are still so pretty. I would love to change the pot but as long as they have brightened my day, I could not bear to pull them out before they were done. I saw 'Laura" was going to use Latte variety and I want to try them as I adore the color (and the drink). When will the petunias get old? They are massive, bright pink, and a huge ball of color. Feels like family now.
Supertunia® Latte™ Petunia hybrid
- 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).
FeaturesThe SUN is my MUSE.
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.Continuous Bloom or RebloomerLong BloomingHeat TolerantDeadheading Not NecessaryDrought TolerantAttracts:ButterfliesHummingbirds
CharacteristicsPlant Type:AnnualHeight Category:ShortGarden Height:6 - 12 InchesTrails Up To:30 InchesSpacing:12 - 24 InchesSpread:18 - 24 InchesFlower Colors:WhiteFlower Shade:Silver white with brown to purple veinsFoliage Colors:GreenFoliage Shade:GreenHabit:Mounding TrailingContainer Role:Spiller
Plant NeedsLight Requirement:Part Sun to SunMaintenance Category:EasyBloom Time:Planting To Hard FrostHardiness Zones:10a, 10b, 11a, 11bWater Category:AverageSoil Fertility Requirement:Average SoilUses:ContainerUses:Edging PlantUses:GroundcoverUses:LandscapeUses:Mass PlantingUses 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.
This elegant Supertunia grows and blooms vigorously all season long, forming a very well-rounded, full hanging basket covered in clear ivory white blossoms with a prominent dark purple-black throat. You won’t need to deadhead it to keep it blooming, and it doesn’t mind the heat or cool nights.
The Best Petunia. Period. For incredible color and season-long performance, choose Supertunia®. Whether you’re using them to create extraordinary hanging baskets, combination containers or in landscapes, you can expect an exceptional show of color from planting until frost. Supertunias are self-cleaning—no deadheading necessary—and grow with remarkable vigor and disease resistance. You won’t find a more outstanding petunia.Supertunia® Latte™ Petunia hybrid 'Kerlatte' USPP 28,069, Can 5,508
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Mary Werner, Florida, United States, 21 weeks ago
By far one of my favorite plants this year. I have cut it back a couple times because it has grown so much. It flushed back beautifully. I have used BT several times over the summer to keep the bud worms at bay with great success. I also have it on a regular drip schedule, I give it supplemental water on supper hot days. I fertilize wit PW water soluble fertilizer once a week. I wish I could attach a picture. I have it in a wine barrel and it is to the ground again with blooms galore.Kristina L Keane, California, United States, 1 year ago
Does exceptionally well in south Louisiana. I was curious how it would stand up to the heat of summer here, but it is apparently unphased. It's still covered in blooms in late June. Also, no "legginess" as with regular petunias, and they can stand up to rainstorms, where regular petunias fall right over and their blooms disintegrate. No deadheading needed, either. I'll be buying many of these next year!Timothy Kelley, Louisiana, United States, 4 years ago