What should I look for when purchasing petunia plants?


What should I look for when purchasing petunia plants?


When buying petunias, select compact, stocky plants.  Tall, spindly petunias will need to be pinched to encourage the plants to spread and take longer to develop into attractive plants.  If buying plants from a greenhouse, harden the petunias outdoors for a few days before planting in the garden.  Initially place the plants in a shady, protected location and then gradually expose them to longer periods of direct sun.   


Links to this article are strongly encouraged, and this article may be republished without further permission if published as written and if credit is given to the author, Horticulture and Home Pest News, and Iowa State University Extension and Outreach. If this article is to be used in any other manner, permission from the author is required. This article was originally published on . The information contained within may not be the most current and accurate depending on when it is accessed.