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What is the best way to treat petunias; they always seem to get straggly as the season goes on. Is there any way to keep them flowering and tidy?


  • Pete.8Pete.8 Billericay, EssexPosts: 9,861
    I've given up with petunias.
    I've grown them from seed for so many years. For the first few weeks when they come into flower they look stunning.
    But then you're forever dead-heading and as you say they get straggly, and late summer they're covered in mildew.
    So, this year I bought a load of calibrachoa plugs - similar flowers but smaller than a petunia, and they're self-cleaning! i.e. the dead flowers drop off and don't leave a seed pod. I grew a few last year, they stayed compact, looked great and required no effort to keep them going.
    So I'll see how they look later in the season and keep my fingers crossed, but I'll be interested to see what suggestions others here think
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