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Supertunia® Picasso in Pink® Petunia hybrid

  • Hardy Zones
    • 10 - 11
  • Exposure
    • Part Sun to Sun
  • Season
    • Spring
    • Summer
  • Mature Size
    • 8 - 12 Inches
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Supertunia® Picasso in Pink® Petunia hybrid

Part Sun to Sun 8 - 12

Features

Color. FULL.

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: 
8 - 12 Inches
Trails Up To: 
36 Inches
Spacing: 
12 - 18 Inches
Spread: 
24 - 36 Inches
Flower Colors: 
Pink
Flower Shade: 
Pink
Foliage Colors: 
Green
Foliage Shade: 
Green
Habit: 
Mounding Trailing
Container Role: 
Filler

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
Uses: 
Container
Uses: 
Landscape
Uses Notes: 

Good in containers and landscapes.

Maintenance Notes: 

Self-cleaning no deadheading necessary, this is not necessarily true of all petunias.

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. While not necessary as they are well branched plants to begin with, I will usually give them a very slight trim back while I am transplanting them to encourage even more branching and ultimately more flowers. If you are transplanting stretched plants cut them back by as much as a third to help improve the habit.

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, you need to feed it like an elephant!

5. August is, hot, humid, and 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%. Otherwise you can 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 it really works! You will find that your Supertunia, 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. The unique bicolor of this petunia has created a tremendous amount of interest from gardeners, with a softer violet petal surrounded by a chartreuse edge and a more compact habit than SupertuniaPretty Much Picasso®.

Supertunia® Picasso in Pink® Petunia hybrid 'USTUN48002' USPP 24,501, Can 4,783

  • Outstanding My favorite plant, I recommend to others all the time and explain the reasons why I like it so much.
    Sue
    Columbus
    Ohio
    United States
    1 year ago
  • Out of all the plants I plant this is the one people love the most. It sells out early so buy a few if you see them.

    Outstanding My favorite plant, I recommend to others all the time and explain the reasons why I like it so much.
    Pauline
    Kelowna
    British Columbia
    Canada
    1 year ago
  • I love this plant. It is low maintenance and looks beautiful. I plan to buy again next year.

    Above Average Superior performance, among my favorites, would recommend to others.
    Daisy West
    Clinton
    Maryland
    United States
    1 year ago
  • This died within the first few days after I brought it home. :0( I lost the receipt so the store did not let me exchange it. It also had a funny smell. It was not pleasant but I bought the plant anyway because I wanted it so bad. This is the first and only Proven Winner plant that has failed me. I will not buy anymore Proven Winner Annuals. I will stick with the Perennials and will always save my receipts from now on.

    Unsatisfied Did not survive, inferior performance or did not bloom well - won't grow again.
    Lisa Warmoth
    Rockford
    Illinois
    United States
    1 year ago
  • Above Average Superior performance, among my favorites, would recommend to others.
    dawn
    Salt Lake City
    Utah
    United States
    2 years ago
  • This plant is a superbloomer. It is simply stunning to look at BUT it really stinks. It especially stinks when wet. It's hard to have it close enough to the house to enjoy it and even if you put it away from the house, if you are down wind from it, it will make for an unpleasant outing. Smells like stinky feet.

    Outstanding My favorite plant, I recommend to others all the time and explain the reasons why I like it so much.
    Donna
    Bowie
    Maryland
    United States
    2 years ago
  • Above Average Superior performance, among my favorites, would recommend to others.
    Shannon Andrae
    Petersburg
    West Virginia
    United States
    2 years ago
  • This was my first year growing petunias and these are beautiful. Relatively low maitence and always complimented my guests!

    Outstanding My favorite plant, I recommend to others all the time and explain the reasons why I like it so much.
    Clara
    Baltimore
    Maryland
    United States
    2 years ago
  • I have never been a fan of petunias until, I saw this hybrid one on your home page. I had to go out and buy myself one. It did so well, I had to get four more : )

    Outstanding My favorite plant, I recommend to others all the time and explain the reasons why I like it so much.
    Rachael
    Littleton
    Massachusetts
    United States
    2 years ago
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