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Dolcissima Fragolino F1 Italian Petunia Seeds

Petunia x hybrida
Item #A-481 | 50 Seeds | Price: $2.95
NEW! Petunia Dolcissima Fragolino is an unique Italian grandiflora that has 3" ruffled blooms of soft-rose, raspberry-pink and cranberry red. No two petals are identical. Neat and compact with a height of 8-10". Produces blooms from spring until first frost in the fall. 50 Pelleted Seeds Per Package.
Dolcissima Fragolino F1 Italian Petunia Seeds

Tips on How to Grow Petunias

Time Frame when plants are receptive to flower initiation: Days 14 21; 3 4 leaves.
Flowering Type: Long Day Plant long days required for flowering.
Specific Flowering Mechanism: Flowering is affected by day length, irradiance and temperature.
Germination Optimum conditions for seedling development that begins the day the crop is sown until cotyledon expansion.
Expect radicle emergence in 3 5 days.
Cover: Do not cover the seeds.
Media: pH: 5.5 5.8

Light: Light is necessary for germination. Provide a light source of 10 100 foot candles (100 1000 lux) if utilizing a chamber.
Moisture: Saturated (5) for days 1 3. On days 4 6 reduce moisture to wet (4). Reduce further beginning day 7 to medium Humidity: 100% until radicle emergence then reduce to 40%.
Dehumidify: Provide horizontal airflow to aid in drying down the media through evapotranspiration, allowing better penetration of oxygen to the roots.

Temperature: 72 76F (22 24C) until radicle emergence. Gradually reduce to 62 65F (16 19C) as cotyledons expand.
Finish Bulking/Flower Initiation Optimum conditions during the vegetative period, beginning at transplant, needed for the root to reach the edge of the container; AND to make the plant receptive to flower initiation.
Media: pH: 5.5 5.8 Yellow upper leaves may indicate iron deficiencies when pH is > 6.6.

Light: Petunias need long days to flower. To initiate bud under short days, extend day length to 13 hours. Under long day, low light conditions, supplemental lighting of 350 500 foot candles (3500 5000 lux) may be necessary.
Temperature: After transplant, Petunias require temperatures > 55F (13C) nights for the first 6 weeks to initiate flower bud development.
After bud set, the night temperatures can be lowered to 50F (10C) to encourage basal branching and compactness.
However, lower temperatures may also substantially decrease the number of flowers initiated. Downward cupping of leaves may indicate too cool temperatures in combination with overwatering.
Average Daily Temperature (ADT): 67F (19C)
Moisture: Alternate between moisture levels wet and dry Allow media to dry before re-saturating to level .
Dehumidify: Provide horizontal airflow to aid in drying down the media through evapotranspiration under cool, low light conditions.
Fertilizers: Under high light conditions, apply an ammonium-based feed (17-5- 17). Under low light conditions, apply a calcium-based feed (14-4-14). Under high light and long or extended days, an ammonium-based feed (20-10-20) is preferred. To prevent stretching under low light and cool temperatures, reduce ammonium and apply only calcium-based fertilizer.

Light: Full sun
USDA Hardiness Zone: 8

Pick Your Type of Petunia

Today's petunias offer enormous variety: single and double blooms, ruffled or smooth petals, striped, veined or solid colors, mounding and cascading habits and even some with fragrance. Most of the petunias sold today are hybrids, developed for specific design purposes. It's hard to go wrong choosing a petunia these days, but here's some advice for choosing your petunia needs.

Grandifloras are one of the oldest varieties. These petunias grow eight to twelve inches high and have the large (4-5"), wavy-edged blossoms that petunias first became known for. They can be single or double. Grandiflor petunias have the largest flowers, but the flowers get pummeled by rain and are unpleasant to deadhead. However some of them, like 'Prism Sunsine' are stunning. Grandifloras work well in both beds and containers.

Multiflora petunias have a more compact growth habit than grandifloras. The flowers are smaller (2"), but more prolific and they hold up better against rain. There is also a wide range of colors. Multiflora petunias are a better choice for garden beds and also work well in containers. Hybrids of grandiflora and multiflora petunias often share qualities.

And now for something completely different! Whereas plant breeding is often aimed at producing bigger and better plants bearing bigger and better flowers, this new variety has concentrated on the reverse. At little more than a third the size of your average Petunia plant, this quite charming plant makes up - if that were necessary - for lack of stature by covering itself with countless flowers, each about 1 ins. across, all summer long. These delightful flowers, without doubt Petunias, are just charming, scaled-down versions of their more usual relatives but still manage to conceal the foliage beneath their abundance.

The Spreading types created quite a stir when first introduced and keeps improving. 'These petunias grow only 6" tall but can spread to 4' wide. They make wonderful groundcovers and trailers for containers. Although Spreading petunias do not need deadheading, they do wear out in the hottest part of the summer and some pruning will revive them.

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