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Meet 12 New “Supers” Flowers for 2017

At Proven Winners, we offer a vast array of annuals, perennials and shrubs, though perhaps none are better known than what we fondly call our “Three Supers”: Superbells® Calibrachoa, Supertunia® Petunia and Superbena® Verbena. If you could only choose one Proven Winners variety for your sunny garden and containers this year, try one of these new Supers. You will be absolutely amazed by the beautiful garden performance they deliver from spring into fall.  

Grower Tip: All of our "Supers" grow and bloom best when grown in full sun to part shade and are fed regularly with water soluble plant food. Detailed growing instructions can be found under the linked plant names below.

SUPERBELLS®

Superbells® Coralina Calibrachoa

The warm coral-pink colored flowers of this Superbells are vibrant, eye-catching and fun to use in mixed combination recipes. Like all Superbells, it doesn’t require deadheading to keep right on blooming and is disease resistant too. Try it in your hanging baskets, patio planters and combination containers.

Superbells® Hollywood Star Calibrachoa 
A wonderful new addition to our Superbells Star collection, Hollywood Star has deep rose-pink petals with a golden-yellow star gracing the center of each bloom. The vibrant pink color doesn’t just look pretty, it also entices hummingbirds to come visit. Superbells don’t require deadheading to keep right on blooming and are disease resistant too. Try it in your hanging baskets, patio planters and combination containers.

  

Superbells® Morning Star Calibrachoa

Soft and pretty as the first light at dawn, each blush pink flower has a vibrant yellow star-shaped throat surrounded by a deep, velvety ruby eye.  It doesn’t require deadheading to keep right on blooming and is disease resistant too. Try it in your hanging baskets, patio planters and combination containers where the soft pink blends well with a wide range of hues.
   

Superbells® Grape Punch Calibrachoa 

The huge flowers of this Superbells Punch variety blankets the plant in color. The black-purple eye and grape soda-colored petal edges will give you a mass of dramatic color all summer. It doesn’t require deadheading to keep right on blooming and is disease resistant too. Try it in your hanging baskets, patio planters and combination containers.


Superbells® Tropical Sunrise Calibrachoa

Splashes of yellow and pink lend a unique look to each and every flower of Superbells Tropical Sunrise. The ever-changing blooms will be a delight all season long. It doesn’t require deadheading to keep right on blooming and is disease resistant too. Try it in your hanging baskets, patio planters and combination containers.

     

Superbells® Red Calibrachoa
The deep red blooms of this Superbells will smother the plant in color all summer long. Combine the flowers with excellent habit and you have the perfect container plant. It doesn’t require deadheading to keep right on blooming and is disease resistant too. Try it in your hanging baskets, patio planters and combination containers paired with blue and white flowers for a patriotic look.

Superbells® Yellow Calibrachoa

The golden yellow blooms of this Superbells will bring a ray of sunshine to your garden on even the cloudiest of days.  A constant cascade of flowers will keep your sunny container gardens in color all summer long. Pair it with other primary colors and you’ll get a jolt of color in your hanging baskets, patio planters and combination containers. It doesn’t require deadheading to keep right on blooming and is disease resistant too.

 

SUPERTUNIA®

Supertunia® Picasso in Purple Petunia 

This unique Supertunia features bicolor purple blossoms rimmed in green on beautifully mounded to trailing plants. It is a strong grower and blooms all season without deadheading. Try growing it as a colorful spiller in your combination containers and hanging baskets, or in the front of your sunny flower borders.

Supertunia® Really Red Petunia

Red is a common color in flowers and it tends to be fairly easy to find that true red color for most kinds of annual flowers. But not so with petunias, where red is one of the toughest colors to achieve. It took a long time, but we finally have a fantastic new true red Supertunia for you! It is a strong grower and blooms all season without deadheading. Try growing it as a colorful spiller in your combination containers and hanging baskets, or in the front of your sunny flower borders.

Supertunia® Vista Fuchsia Petunia

If you want a plant that will knock your socks off, this is the plant for you. Rich, vibrant fuchsia colored flowers grace plants that will mound to more than 18” tall and fill several square feet of space.  It’s an all-summer blooming power house that will deliver the wow factor all season without deadheading. It is a great choice to plant in sunny landscapes. When planted in hanging baskets and large containers, you’ll have the neighbors asking what your magic recipe for success is! It’s great in combination recipes when paired with other vigorous plants.

SUPERBENA®

Superbena® Royale Romance Verbena

Sitting pretty in deepest burgundy, Superbena Royale Romance bears a plethora of large clusters of blossoms kissed with a hint of white in the center all summer without deadheading. The flowers completely cover the canopy of dark green, powdery mildew-resistant foliage. Superbena Royale Romance is easy to mix with other colorful annuals in combination containers and hanging baskets.

Superbena® Royale Peachy Keen Verbena

Superbena® Royale Peachy Keen bears large clusters of salmon-peach flowers. As the flowers age they lighten, giving each plant the tri-color effect of vanilla cream, ginger and salmon. The colors work well with both warm colors like orange and cool colors like blue and lavender. The blooms completely cover the canopy of dark green, powdery mildew-resistant foliage all summer without deadheading. It is excellent spilling over the edge of combination planters and hanging baskets.

  

Learn More About “Supers” from Proven Winners Through These Resources:

Patent info:  Superbells® Coralina Calibrachoa 'iNCALMIABE' USPPAF, Can PBRAF; Superbells® Hollywood Star Calibrachoa  'BBCAL26702' USPPAF, Can PBRAF, US Utility 9,313,959; Superbells® Morning Star Calibrachoa  'BBCAL27801' USPPAF, Can PBRAF, US Utility 9,313,959; Superbells® Grape Punch Calibrachoa  'JGCAL09404' USPPAF, Can PBRAF; Superbells® Red Calibrachoa  'INCALIMRED' USPPAF, Can PBRAF; Superbells® Yellow Calibrachoa  USPPAF, Can PBRAF; Superbells® Tropical Sunrise Calibrachoa  'INCALTRSUN' USPPAF, Can PBRAF; Supertunia® Really Red Petunia  'G13460' USPPAF, Can PBRAF; Superbena® Royale Romance Verbena  'RIKAV38602' USPPAF, Can PBRAF; Supertunia® Vista Fuchsia Petunia  'BHTUN65301' USPPAF, Can PBRAF; Superbena® Royale Peachy Keen Verbena  'RIKAV36504' USPPAF, Can PBRAF

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Anonymous Mon, 03/13/2017 - 8:10am

I live in region 4 in NW Iowa and have tried Superbells in my containers for the past 3 years and they have never performed like your pictures show. I fertilize them regularly and they have plenty of water during hot dry weather. I have also attended seminars put on by my local nurseries pertaining to the Superbells. Any ideas for me to help me to get the Superbells to look as beautiful as your pictures. Thank you. Carole Hennings chenningsrn@yahoo.com

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Anonymous Thu, 03/16/2017 - 10:54pm

I live in Tn. and have wonderful luck with all Superbells and Supertunias. I use Morton #2 planting soil-I don't care for Miracle Grow at all. Use Osmacote 14-14-14 and liquid fertilizer often. Re-apply fertilizer every month when it gets hot. Your fertilizer has a short life with the heat. Use your liquid fertilizer (not full strength) about every third or forth watering. Use large pots for best results with you flowers. Mine bloom like crazy until the first frost.....around the end of Oct. Always buy Proven Winners. They have never failed me. Best of luck!
T. Roth tsbluebirds@att.net

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Kerry Meyer Tue, 03/14/2017 - 4:59pm

Carole,


I would expect the plants to work well for you in your area.  To help them look their best here is what they need:

Make sure they get at least 6 hours of sun a day, more if possible.  That will help make sure that the plants don't stretch for the sun, it keeps the habits more compact and more dense which helps with overall appearance.

Next is water and water, as it often is, is really important, especially so with Calibrachoa.  Calibrachoa do NOT like to stay too wet, so rather than worry overly much about underwatering, first make sure you aren't keeping the planters too wet.  Wait until the top inch or so of the soil is dry before you water again - you can stick a finger in the soil to check.  Also, make sure you use containers with drainage holes so that water doesn't sit in the container and keep the soil too wet.  I use pot feet as well, to make sure that drainage is really good. This is an example of what pot feet are, if you've never heard of them.

Now letting them get too dry can also be problematic, so bone dry isn't good either.  By now you are probably feeling a bit like Goldilocks - this one is too wet, this one is too dry, but this one is just right.  

Potting soil is important too, but related to water.  Good potting soil will drain well, but still hold enough water that the container doesn't dry out super fast.

Lastly is fertilizer.  In order for the plants to look their best, they need to be fertilized regularly. Now if your plants start to have their foliage lookiing light green or yellowish even though you are fertilizing that means that the pH in your planters has drifted either too high or too low.  For some genetic reason, when the pH gets outside of a fairly narrow pH range then the plants have a hard time taking up Iron. This is not true of most plants, but Calibrachoa are just touchy that way.  Now pH can drift over time thanks to water which can either be a bit acidic or a bit basic.  It's totally normal and nothing to worry about, other than the Iron issues for Calibrachoa.  So what do you do in these cases?  You can use a fertilizer with an EDDH+ form of Iron - ours has it, there are probably others as well.  You can even get a foliar spray form of Iron that will do the trick as well.  Ask your local garden center picking out the right product.

If the plants do start looking a bit ratty then take a pair of pruning shears or scissors and trim the plant back - think a light all-over haircut. Fertilize right after to stimulate new growth and branching and they'll be back in flower in no time.  

And remember, we take our pictures when the plants are looking their very best and trim off any too long pieces.  So while the photos aren't lying - think of it as if they are all dressed up for prom, not heading out to go grocery shopping. 

Kerry Meyer

Proven Winners

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