Petunias & pansies drooping

In spite of keeping them watered, my petunias and pansies have gone from being a glorious riot of healthy colour to growing too tall and hanging over the sides of the pot looking half-dead.

Is there any way to resore them?  Would putting them in the shade help?  Will they flower again?  I'm very disappointed because they were beautiful.


  • Didn't overwater and it's not caused by pests.  You mention running out of steam and I think maybe that's what it is.  They seemed to become much taller over the space of a week and now can't keep themselves upright. 

    How would I cut them back?  Just take the flowers off?  In the past with pansies when they went past their best I just got rid of them so I've never done this before.........

    Thanks for your help.


  • bookmonsterbookmonster Posts: 196

    I had some Violas that went Boom and grew really tall and leggy in a period of sunshine last year, then near the end of the year we had high winds and they all fell over. I cut them back right to the bottom, so there were some new leaves left but most of the plant was cut off. With water, food and topdressing (they're in pots) they put on a spectacular display from early this year. As they are now, as Verdun says, running out of steam a bit they could maybe do with a similar treatment now.

  • Ok I'll do that - thanks for the info.  I suppose it's too much to hope that they'd flower again this year?

  • Thanks Verdun - I never knew you could do that!  I've cut back and watered and will give them a tomato feed this evening.  Thanks again to everybody for your help - it just proves that you learn something new every day!!!

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