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redsaredsa Posts: 15

Hi, I bought a couple of Priscilla petunias from my local supermarket a few weeks ago. They were half dead and on offer at 19 pence for 6 and me being me I can't resist a "poorly" plant. I am delighted to say that 3 of the 6 are thriving and almost in bloom.After looking them up on the web I see that they are a very expensive plant and hard to get hold of. Can I take cuttings for next year off the ones I already have and if so how should I do it?    I also bought 2 half dead bush fushias T 9 pence each and they are thriving too.

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  • Pete.8Pete.8 Billericay, EssexPosts: 8,509

    Petunias in the uk are annuals.
    That means the seed is sown in spring, the plant flowers then dies all in the space of one year.

    Your fuchsia's however should come back year after year if they don't get too much frost, and you can get cuttings from them too

    Knowledge is knowing that a tomato is a fruit.
    Wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad.
  • redsaredsa Posts: 15

    Thanks for your reply Pete8. Apparently there are no seeds to be had for this particular petunia and all plant sites on the web are sold out of plants. I read somewhere that these plants are produced from cuttings only as seeds do not produce a true copy of the mother plants. Also there is a patent on it. Thanks for your advice on fuchsia's, I am a dab hand at raising them from cuttings. I just stick cuttings in a glass of water and when they have good roots on them I pot them on. My garden, pots and hanging baskets are full of them and they come back year after year. I will however be posting a photo of 1 of my latest poorly one as soon as its flowers open as this one had no info with it.

  • Pete.8Pete.8 Billericay, EssexPosts: 8,509

    These type of petunias are hand pollinated under sterile conditions and often the resulting plants are beautiful but either do not set seed, or if they do set seed the seed wont look like the parent plant.
    Good luck with them, and hope we'll be able to help with your poorly fuchsia when the flowers appear

    Knowledge is knowing that a tomato is a fruit.
    Wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad.
  • redsaredsa Posts: 15

    Thanks Pete8 image

  • LynLyn DevonPosts: 19,878

    Tumbelina Petunias don't produce seed, you can only propagate by cuttings, try later in the year and keep them indoors in the warm over winter.

    i wouldn't bother personally, you can buy little plugs in the Spring which aren't too expensive, pot up then pot on and keep inside until frosts are over,  then plant our in your baskets. 

    Gardening on the wild, windy west side of Dartmoor. 

  • redsaredsa Posts: 15

    Thanks Lyn.

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