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Supertunia® Royal Velvet® Petunia hybrid

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  • Spring
  • Summer
Mature Size
12" 2' 30cm 61cm
Height: 4" - 12"
Spread: 18" - 2'
Height: 10cm - 30cm
Spread: 46cm - 61cm
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    4 - 12 Inches
    12 - 24 Inches
    18 - 24 Inches
    10cm - 30cm
    30cm - 61cm
    46cm - 61cm


    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


    Plant Type: 
    Height Category: 
    Garden Height: 
    4 - 12 Inches 10cm - 30cm
    Trails Up To: 
    36 Inches 91cm
    12 - 24 Inches 30cm - 61cm
    18 - 24 Inches 46cm - 61cm
    Flower Colors: 
    Flower Shade: 
    Deep Blue Purple
    Foliage Colors: 
    Foliage Shade: 
    Mounding Trailing
    Container Role: 

    Plant Needs

    Light Requirement: 
    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).

    Maintenance Category: 
    Bloom Time: 
    Planting To Hard Frost
    Hardiness Zones: 
    10a, 10b, 11a, 11b
    Water Category: 
    Soil Fertility Requirement: 
    Average Soil
    Edging Plant
    Mass Planting
    Uses Notes: 

    Use in hanging baskets, window boxes, landscaping and coombination planters.

    Maintenance Notes: 

    These are heat tolerant plants, that aren't particularly fussy and need little routine maintenance. They will perform best if an application of controlled release fertilizer is included at the time of planting. This applies to both landscape and container plantings. Supertunias are heavy feeders, but a single dose is usually sufficient for landscape beds in most climates. If you have a very long season, a second application of controlled release plant food should be considered for landscape plantings. In general, containers need to be fed more than landscape plants. Supertunias in containers will need to be fed more regularly to be their absolute best. A second application of a controlled release fertilizer can be applied about every two months to container plants, which will help. However, for the very best performance I find regularly applying water soluble fertilizer starting about two months after the containers are planted gives the best results.  These extra applications of plant food really makes a difference in performance through the summer.

    If your plant begins to look open or a bit tired, an allover trim can be beneficial.  Use a sharp pair of scissors or pruning shears to trim back up to 1/3 of the volume of the plant. I pair any trim with a dose of water soluble fertilizer to provide instant energy to help kickstart new growth, branching and flowering. Your plant will take a week to recover from the trim, but the end result is a fuller plant with more blooms going forward. You may repeat the trim as needed through the season.

    The Best Petunia. Period.®Not to brag or anything, but purple has been the royal color since the Phoenicians. You know, back in the Jurassic Period. You wont find flowers anywhere that are a deeper, darker or more velvety purple-blue than mine. Since Im also a Supertunia (the Queen of Petunias) its a given that I bloom from spring until a hard frost.

    Not to brag or anything, but purple has been the royal color since the Phoenicians. You know, back in the Jurassic Period. You won't find flowers anywhere that are a deeper, darker or more velvety purple-blue than mine. Since I'm also a Supertunia (the Queen of Petunias) it's a given that I bloom from spring until a hard frost. As in a gushing geyser of flowers. I also have a queenly scent that's especially noble in late afternoon and early evening. To show off my trailing habit use me in hanging baskets, containers or beds. As for colors, combine me with just about any--red, orange, white, pink, light blue, yellow, you name it.

    Being a nonstop producer of large purple Petunias is labor-intensive (no pun intended) so please feed me once a week with an all-purpose liquid fertilizer. In return, I promise to attract hummingbirds and butterflies, shed old blooms so you don't have to deadhead, and tolerate dry conditions.

    Supertunia® Royal Velvet® Petunia hybrid 'BBTUN10102' USPP 32,688, Can 6,648
  • 5 Reviews

    Browse reviews from people who have grown this plant.
    • Royal Velvet is a smallish supertunia. I put two plants into a hanging pot. They filled out and trailed nicely, and the color is a beautiful rich dark purple. They don't produce as many blooms as other supertunias, but they're nice. I didn't prune them much so they got somewhat leggy, and when the temperatures got cooler in September the older foliage died and the plants got even leggier-looking. But it's October now and they're still flowering nicely.

      Karen Muse
      , Michigan
      , United States
      , 2 years ago
    • I always look for Royal Velvet Supertunias as the main flower in my hanging baskets. It is the only Petunia that has a scent that lasts well into the fall. It is a tough hardy plant that hummingbirds love to feed from. When paired with Supertunia Bordeux it is a stunning hanging basket. I tried it with Supertunia Lovey Dovey this year and it made an eye-catching combination. Can't go wrong with Royal Velvet. !! A champ !!

      ann warner
      , New Jersey
      , United States
      , 2 years ago
    • I always ordered these for my beds at work. The fragrance is so enticing and people were always amazed that a petunia was fragrant. Royal Velvet fragrance has that come hither effect. Come close and sniff my flowers. I grow it at home every year and love how it just cascades out of my hanging basket.

      Denise Schreiber
      , Pennsylvania
      , United States
      , 3 years ago
    • This is by far one of my all time favorites. Reliable, tough, constant blooms. I always look for it as a part of the hanging basket that I purchase. One of the added features of Royal Velvet is the wonderful scent that it has. Most hanging baskets that I purchase initially have a wonderful fragrance, but that fades as the summer heats up. Royal Velvet keeps on giving off its fragrance throughout the growing season. To me, my summer is not complete unless I have purchased Royal Velvet Supertunias. Go purchase some. You'll see. They can't be beat !!

      ann warner
      , New Jersey
      , United States
      , 4 years ago
  • 29 Awards

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    2022 Top Performer Ohio State University Extension - Springfield
    2022 Top Performer - In Containers South Dakota State - McCrory Gardens
    2021 Top Performer Les Exceptionelles
    2021 Top Performer University of Florida - Fort Lauderdale
    2021 Perfect Score University of Tennessee - Knoxville
    2021 Top Performer - Hanging Basket University of Minnesota - Grand Rapids
    2021 Gold Medal Champaign County Illinois Master Gardener Idea Garden
    2021 Top Performer Ohio State University Extension - Springfield
    2021 Top Performer Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden
    2021 Top Performer University of Georgia
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