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Petunias, Petunias, Petunias...

Bold, bright, colourful petunias add interest to anywhere. Look around at the roadsides, they're all over the UAE.


Petunias are actually grown in the UAE as opposed to being imported, making them very affordable and durable. You will see them used all over the emirates as the Municipalities plants them in parks, around interchanges, etc.

Growing petunias can offer long term color in the summer landscape and brighten dreary borders with lovely pastel colors. Proper petunia care is simple and easy. 

After learning how to plant petunias you can include them in your flower bed or in your pots or  containers. 


Care of Petunias 


Care of petunias includes regular watering and as much sunlight (not to difficult to provide in the UAE) as possible to promote multiple blooms. Spreading ground cover petunias are pickiest about water, regular waterings should be included in the care of petunias. 


While petunias will grow in a partially shaded location, a fuller and more abundant bloom is produced in full sun. 


Soil prepared before planting petunias should have well-composted organic matter worked in. Care of petunias will include regular fertilization with a balanced, water soluble fertilizer designed for blooming plants. As they are heavy feeders, petunias care will also include weekly feedings. Proper light, water and fertilization when caring for petunias will ensure a long season of beautiful blooms. 


Proper petunia care involves removing spent blooms (deadheading) and the seeds they may produce. When deadheading the growing petunias, remove the base of the flower to include seed removal. Petunias allowed to go to seed will slow or stop blooming.


Buying Petunia Plants 


Hundreds of varieties of petunias are available to the gardener for use in a range of garden designs. Double and single blooms offer a selection of solid and multi colored flowers. When purchasing young petunias, choose plants with a compact form and unopened buds. Open blooms on the petunia are best removed after planting for a more abundant show in the future. 


Growing petunias is easy and rewarding. As you learn how to grow and plant petunias, you will never be at a loss for a beautiful bloom for a full sun area.


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