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Which petunias are best to plant on the balcony: how to care for flowers properly

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Petunias are one of the most popular flowering plants to grow on a balcony. Their bright and varied flowers decorate any exterior and create a good mood throughout the summer.

Petunias are appreciated not only for their bright flowering but also for their variety of varieties and unpretentiousness in care. OBOZ.UA has collected tips on how to care for this plant and which variety to choose.

How to plant petunias

Petunias are heat-loving plants, so they should be planted only after the risk of frost has passed and in sunny places because that's where they will grow and develop best. However, this flower is quite tolerant, so it can grow in partial shade. The main thing is that it should be protected from rain, which can damage the delicate flowers.

Petunias are undemanding to soil. Even a universal substrate for balcony flowers is suitable for them. However, if you use purchased peat soil, you should mix it with sand. Also, remember that petunias like slightly acidic soil.

How to care for petunias

Petunias do not require too much care. It is quite resistant to drought, but if you want to get abundant flowering, you should water it regularly and abundantly. In a particularly hot and sunny period, it can even be daily or 2 times a day.

This plant, like any other, needs fertilization. Therefore, once every 2 weeks, it is worth applying fertilizers for flowering plants or special ones for petunias.

As the flower grows, pinch its shoots and remove faded inflorescences.

Classification of petunias

Ampelous varieties

Ampelous petunias are characterized by long shoots that hang beautifully from the pots.

Which petunias are best to plant on the balcony: how to care for flowers properly

The peculiarity of these varieties is that it grows in height from 80 to 150 cm. That is why they need a pot with a volume of at least 5 liters.

Cascading varieties

In contrast to ampelous varieties, cascading varieties first grow upwards and then gradually point downwards.

The shoots are approx. 50-100 cm long

Dwarf varieties

This is a separate group of compact bush petunias. They grow no more than 20-25 cm tall. They can be planted in small pots up to 3 liters in volume.

Which petunias are best to plant on the balcony: how to care for flowers properly

Grandiflora

The diameter of the flowers reaches up to 12-16 cm. As a rule, varieties from this group cannot boast of a large number of flowers, but this is fully compensated for by their size and beauty.

Multiphora

This group of petunias is also called multifloral. It includes varieties with small multi-colored flowers, up to 8 cm.

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