Petunia 'Mirage Mixed F1' comes in a multitude of colours including pink, purple, violet and red many with contrasting veins or a central star. Petunias are quick growing and love a sunny position. They will provide stunning blooms from June right through to October until the first frosts. They provide a riot of colour for hanging baskets, window boxes, pots or containers or simply overhanging a terrace wall.
Petunia is also a useful companion plant for the vegetable garden as it repels various harmful pests.
|When to sow||Indoors February to April.|
|Sow thinly on the surface of moist compost filled pots or trays. Lightly press the seeds into the compost. Do not cover them with soil as they need light to germinate.|
|Where to sow||Place in a warm position (temperature of 20 to 25°C (68 to 77°F) is ideal).|
|What to do next||When seedlings are large enough to handle, transplant into 7.5cm (3in) pots or trays and grow on in cooler conditions.|
|When all risk of frost has passed, acclimatise indoor raised seedlings to outdoor conditions over 7 to 10 days. Then transplant into final growing position planting them 25cm (10in) apart.|
|Deadhead to prolong flowering and encourage new flower buds.|
|Flowering period||June to October.|
|Handy tips||For denser plants and more flowers, pinch or shear when 6 inches tall|
|Companion planting||Petunias repel a variety of pests including the asparagus beetle, leafhoppers and tomato worms. They are also effective against some types of aphids and Mexican bean beetles. Some of the plants that thrive when you plant petunias as companions include brassicas, beans, basil, tomatoes, grapes, corn and peppers. Roses also fare well when this natural insect deterrent is planted in proximity.|
|Uses||Window boxes, hanging baskets, pots/containers or overhanging a terrace wall|
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