I have Picasso petunias in my window box by the front door. While they are beautiful, even in August, their smell is awful. It took me awhile to figure out that it was the petunias because ordinarily, petunias have a lovely fragrance. I think it could be the self deadheading trait and the flowers and leaves rot under neath the plant. It is unfortunate because other than that, this flower is impressive. I will not by again and I will be weary of supertunias in the future.
Supertunia® Picasso in Purple® 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).
FeaturesForget CURB APPEAL. I can get you CURB CHECKS.
This unique Supertunia® features bicolor purple flowers with mint green edges on beautifully mounded to trailing plants. It mixes well with many other colors in combination containers, hanging baskets, and your sunny landscape. Picasso in Purple™ is a strong grower and blooms all season without deadheading.
Picasso Supertunias Standing out from the crowd with their artistically painted blooms is what Picasso Supertunias do best. Their novel flowers have tremendous impulse appeal and their performance matches the high standards set for all Supertunia® varieties.Continuous Bloom or RebloomerLong BloomingHeat TolerantDeadheading Not NecessaryAttracts:ButterfliesHummingbirds
CharacteristicsPlant Type:AnnualHeight Category:ShortGarden Height:6 - 12 InchesTrails Up To:30 InchesSpacing:12 - 24 InchesSpread:18 - 24 InchesFlower Colors:GreenFlower Colors:PurpleFlower Shade:Purple flowers rimmed with chartreuseFoliage 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:
Great in landscapes where it works best at the front of garden beds. It is also an excellent container plant where it functions as both a filler and a spiller.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.
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.Supertunia® Picasso in Purple® Petunia hybrid 'DCASPITAYA' USPP 27,999, Can PBRAF
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Teri, 8 weeks ago
I have Picasso petunias in my window box by the front door. While they are beautiful, even in August, their smell is awful. It took me awhile to figure out that it was the petunias because ordinarily, petunias have a lovely fragrance. I think it could be the self deadheading trait and the flowers and leaves rot under neath the plant. It is unfortunate because other than that, this flower is impressive. I will not by again and I will be weary of supertunias in the future.Teri Dandeneau, 8 weeks ago
Planted this in my flower boxes at the front of the house along with potato vines (from Proven Winners). I ordered them online and they arrived carefully packaged. They grew wonderfully and I received many compliments. Beautiful pink/green combination.Jozeph, California, United States, 34 weeks ago
This is one of my favorite flowers. Grows very fast and there is no need to dead head. Becomes full and looks great with baby's breath and any of the hanging vines.Sally Perez, Ohio, United States, 36 weeks ago
Very vigorous, very dense thick plant. Much bushier than other types of supertunia, I’ve got this in a container and it’s completely overwhelming the other plants. It could probably do with the entire basket, as a solo plant, I’m not sure how to integrate another plant with it it’s just that thickRM, British Columbia, Canada, 1 year ago
I loved this plant when I had it in 2016.It grew beyond my expectations in an East location. I tried at 3 major nurseries here in Quebec last year and it was not available. So sad.Denise Cummings, Quebec, Canada, 1 year ago
Beautiful blooms, really striking with the green edging. Did well in my hanging basket even though I'm bad at wateringJean, British Columbia, Canada, 2 years ago
Was pretty. But, the original Pretty Much Picaso is still my favorite!lee anne friend, Missouri, United States, 3 years ago
Best petunia I have ever grown! No dead-heading necessary. The old blooms simply fade instead of shriveling up, and the new blooms pile up on top of them, creating a wonderful mound and cascade.Ellen Placier, Kentucky, United States, 3 years ago
striking when combined with lime green coloured ipomoea in a black pot.Jan Nenis, Manitoba, Canada, 3 years ago