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Supertunia® 'Lavender Skies' Petunia hybrid

  • Hardy Zones
    • 10 - 11
  • Exposure
    • Part Sun to Sun
  • Season
    • Spring
    • Summer
    • Fall
  • Mature Size
    • 6 - 12 Inches
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Supertunia® 'Lavender Skies' Petunia hybrid
Part Sun to Sun 6 - 12

Features

I'm a sure CURE for CABIN FEVER.

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.

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

Characteristics

Duration: 
Annual
Height Category: 
Short
Garden Height: 
6 - 12 Inches
Trails Up To: 
30 Inches
Spacing: 
12 - 18 Inches
Spread: 
18 - 24 Inches
Flower Colors: 
Purple
Flower Shade: 
Lavender
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.®

Supertunia® 'Lavender Skies' Petunia hybrid USPP 21,692, Can 4,090
  • A real, vigorous workhorse, doesn't take long to fill the space with abundant, continuous blooms. The color is clearly more on a bright pink side than blue, though. I'll probably go for Blue Skies coming out next year, and hopefully it will perform just as well.

    Outstanding My favorite plant, I recommend to others all the time and explain the reasons why I like it so much.
    R.M.
    Pennsylvania
    United States
    22 weeks ago
  • I'd been watching for a pretty lavender petunia and was delighted to find this. The soft blue cast is hard to find. It's doing very nicely for me in full sun and in a partly shaded area, and has a lovely fragrance.

    Outstanding My favorite plant, I recommend to others all the time and explain the reasons why I like it so much.
    C. Winkler
    Custer
    South Dakota
    United States
    3 years ago
  • Very vigorous petunia, making so much bloom, the plant is nearly invisible under the color, wihch is just how I like them. Large blooms, very fragrant, goes beautifully with blue or dark purple flowers. It doesn't seem to be bothered by wet conditions.

    Outstanding My favorite plant, I recommend to others all the time and explain the reasons why I like it so much.
    April
    Eagle River
    Alaska
    United States
    6 years ago
  • The more we grow this plant the more strengths become obvious...... it just gets better and better over the season!

    Outstanding My favorite plant, I recommend to others all the time and explain the reasons why I like it so much.
    Ken Lander from Sunrise Greenhouses
    6 years ago
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    Above Average Superior performance, among my favorites, would recommend to others.
    ynrsrmtf
    Nunavut
    Canada
    7 years ago
  • Love this plant.....

    Outstanding My favorite plant, I recommend to others all the time and explain the reasons why I like it so much.
    Maxine Johnson
    Nova Scotia
    Canada
    7 years ago
  • Wow! Amazing bloom power, even on the east side of my house.

    Outstanding My favorite plant, I recommend to others all the time and explain the reasons why I like it so much.
    Justin W. Hancock
    Iowa
    United States
    7 years ago
  • The plant grew well and strong but I like really showy plants.

    Satisfactory Average performance, met expectations but not outstanding.
    Christina Kingery
    Ohio
    United States
    7 years ago
  • get a little too leggy

    Marginally Adequate Performed below expectations but may be willing to try again.
    patty
    Illinois
    United States
    7 years ago
  • Grew very well and prolifically in an apartment building pool deck where I garden. Received many comments on its lovely color

    Above Average Superior performance, among my favorites, would recommend to others.
    Diane Pawlowski
    Michigan
    United States
    7 years ago
Award Year Award Plant Trial
2011 Best of the Best (multiyear award) Champaign County Illinois Master Gardener Idea Garden
2011 Superior (top 10%) Penn State
2011 Top Performer Texas A & M - East Texas Bedding Plant Trial
2011 Superior (top 10%) Penn State
2011 Best of the Best (multiyear award) Champaign County Illinois Master Gardener Idea Garden
2010 Top Performer University of Florida - Fort Lauderdale
2010 Good Performer Mississippi State University - Crystal Springs
2010 Excellent Rating University Laval
2010 Top Performer University of Florida - Fort Lauderdale
2010 Top Performer University of Wisconsin
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