This is my all time favorite petunia - all time favorite flowering annual, actually. It is hard to grow petunias in muggy southeastern Virginia. They wilt, fade, get scraggly, etc. But I tried this one by accident - mid summer, one of my white petunias died and I went to the garden center to find a replacement. There were no true whites, but there was an almost white looking Vista Silverberry. I really wanted white, and had never heard of this plant before. I planted it, and it went gangbusters, in the heat and humidity of the summer, under dappled shade, with no special care whatsoever. It wound up covering a huge area, this one plant - probably four feet across and two to three feet deep. Blooms, blooms, blooms. This plant is incredible. I will buy nothing else, and that is the case with just about everyone I know who has tried it. It sells out fast at garden centers. I try to get it early - have them pull it out from the back before it is put out for sale. I tell them I don't care if it doesn't have flowers on it yet! GREAT PLANT!!!
Supertunia® Vista Silverberry Petunia hybrid
- Hardy Zones
- 10 - 11
- Part Sun to Sun
- Mature Size
- 12 - 24 Inches
Supertunia Vista petunias are very vigorous, with mounding habits that can reach up to 2 feet in height in the landscape and will trail over the edges of baskets and containers up to 4 feet by the end of the season. They are fantastic landscape plants and are great in large containers, where they function as both fillers and spillers. In garden beds, they will work either in the front or middle of the bed. They have medium-sized flowers.
Use in large combinations, containers and landscapes.
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.
Supertunia Vista -The best petunia for landscapes. Hands down. Supertunia® Vista varieties deliver an outstanding performance over the entire season, lasting an extra month in southern states and well into fall in moderate climates. They are bred to flower earlier, grow taller and wider, and grow more vigorously than other Supertunia®.
- Cathy FlynnPortsmouthVirginiaUnited States8 weeks ago
love this supertunia. so many compliments on themdeborah nealhullMassachusettsUnited States1 year ago
Beautiful color, vigorous grower, tons of flowers! Mine cross bred with the vista bubblegum so some of the flowers were half pink and half silverberry, some alternated petals between the two colors, it is really neat!Jennifer WinshipVernonBritish ColumbiaCanada1 year ago
stayed healthy and smotherd in bright blooms from may 1 to the currant date of oct. 5.planted a single plant in 6 large pots and some have achieved a diameter of 5 feet,and are still growing and vigorous.steven schnitzlerbutlerKentuckyUnited States2 years ago
Supertunia® Vista Silverberry is one of the best most Gorgeous, high producing Petunia. Only 1 plant has filled an entire 14" diameter basket with outstanding mounding habit and tons of blooms. I am truly impressed with this plant.WendyWinnipegManitobaCanada3 years ago
Another beautiful Supertunia Vista. It's hard to say which one I love more, Silverberry or Bubblegum. I fell in love with Silverberry this year. It is strong and beautiful plant producing an abundance of gorgeous blooms. I hope they come up with more Supertunia Vista colors in the future.Melinda4 years ago
Best mini petunia I have ever grownSue MNorth DakotaUnited States4 years ago
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Very little care, plant just got bigger and bigger all summer long. Cut back after July 4 and enjoyed the plants all over again, lasted well into late fall.Russell StudebakerPennsylvaniaUnited States4 years ago
Another absolutely great petunia! Gorgeous hues; lush and always loaded with blooms; lasted all season despite being moved; a beautiful petunia which received alot of compliments; very easy to maintain...a "proven winner" in my garden.J BakerPennsylvaniaUnited States4 years ago
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|2013||Top Performer||Erie Basin Marina|
|2012||Top Performer||Massachusetts Horticultural Society at Elm Bank|
|2012||Excellent Performer||University Laval|
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|2012||Top Perfomer||University of Wisconsin|
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