Petunia x hybrida
| 10 Pelleted Seeds |
African Sunset is a 2014 All-America Selection Winner , and one glance shows you why. This designer colored Petunia Wow-ed the AAS Judges with its excellent performance and vibrant color. There's no other color like it. has a shades of blood-orange with intense hues and great staying power.It is the first hybrid orange ever developed. But All-America Selections aren't so easy to acheive. They have to be gardenworthy across the country, and fairly easy to grow. African Sunset has these traits down pat that makes this a sure winner. The seed germinates in a snap (like all Petunias), and just about 2 months after you sow. It is Tolerant of heat and humidity and African Sunset will bloom all summer and, in most climates, well into fall. Add it to your garden this season -but hurry. It's going to be super-popular. Gardeners are always looking for a petunia that grows evenly and uniformly in the garden while producing a prolific number of blooms all season-long and this beauty certainly fills that need. A great Petunia for the containers and hanging baskets as well. Vigorous and Mounded and spreading plants are 12 inches tall spread up to 32 inches. Space your plants wider as the long and strong stems develop a low growing spread. We are sure that African Sunset will be one of Americas favorite petunias.
Tips on How to Grow Petunia from Seeds
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
FOR PELLETED SEED-MAKE SURE YOU KEEP THOROUGHLY MOIST UNTIL PELLET DISSOLVES.
Light: Light is necessary for germination. Provide a light source of 10 – 100 foot candles (100 – 1000 lux) if utilizing a chamber.
Temperature: 72° – 76°F (22° – 24°C) until radicle emergence. Gradually reduce to 62° – 65°F (16° – 19°C) 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 > 55°F (13°C) nights for the first 6 weeks to initiate flower bud development. After bud set, the night temperatures can be lowered to 50°F (10°C) 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): 67°F (19°C) 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