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Petunia, Black Cat

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The world's only black petunia!

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Now ready to make history in your garden: the world's very first black petunia. Mingling harmoniously with other shades, the purring black beauties add welcome texture and depth to the border all season through. The early-blooming, upright, mounded, full-bodied 12" plants are ready to star in a container on a patio near you. Drought-tolerant, disease-resistant.
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Sun The amount of sunlight this product needs daily in order to perform well in the garden. Full sun means 6 hours of direct sun per day; partial sun means 2-4 hours of direct sun per day; shade means little or no direct sun.

Full Sun

Height The typical height of this product at maturity.

8-12 inches

Spread The width of the plant at maturity.

8-12 inches

Ornamental Use Ways in which the product may be used in the garden for ornamental effect.

Beds, Borders, Container, Filler

Life Cycle This refers to whether a plant is an annual, biennial or perennial. Annuals complete their life cycles in one year; biennials produce foliage the first year and bloom and go to seed the second year; perennials can live for more than two years.

Annual

Growth Habit The genetic tendency of a plant to grow in a certain shape, such as vining or bush like.

Bush

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Annuals Tour #1
Take a garden tour and see favorite annual plants in a garden setting. In this video- Zinnia, Angelonia, Marigold, Petunia, Celosia and Vinca.
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Growing and using Petunias
Petunias are prized for bright blooms that last all summer. They are fantastic in the garden and perfect for hanging baskets and containers.
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Petunias may be grown from seed sown early indoors and transplanted outside after frost, or from potted plants.

Sowing Seed Indoors:

  • Sow petunia seeds indoors 8 weeks before last frost using a seed starting kit.
  • Sow seeds thinly and barely press into seed starting formula. Do not cover with soil.
  • Keep the soil moist at 70-75 degrees.
  • Seedlings emerge in 10-14 days.
  • As soon as seedlings emerge, provide plenty of light on a sunny windowsill or grow seedlings 3-4 inches beneath fluorescent plant lights turned on 16 hours per day, off for 8 hours at night. Raise the lights as the plants grow taller. Incandescent bulbs will not work for this process because they will get too hot. Most plants require a dark period to grow, do not leave lights on for 24 hours.
  • Thin to one seedling per cell when they have two sets of leaves.
  • Seedlings do not need much fertilizer, feed when they are 3-4 weeks old using a starter solution (half strength of a complete indoor houseplant food) according to manufacturer’s directions.
  • Transplant hardened-off seedlings to the garden after the frost.
  • Before planting in the garden, seedling plants need to be “hardened off”. Accustom young plants to outdoor conditions by moving them to a sheltered place outside for a week. Be sure to protect them from wind and hot sun at first. If frost threatens at night, cover or bring containers indoors, then take them out again in the morning.  This hardening off process toughens the plant’s cell structure and reduces transplant shock and scalding.

Planting Potted Plants in the Garden:

  • Select a location in full sun with good rich moist, well-drained organic soil.
  • Prepare the bed by turning the soil under to a depth of 8 inches. Level with a rake to remove clumps of grass and stones.
  • Most plants respond well to soils amended with organic matter. Compost is a wonderful form of organic matter with a good balance of nutrients and an ideal pH level, it can be added to your planting area at any time. If compost is not available, top dress the soil after planting with 1-2 inches of organic mulch, which will begin to breakdown into compost. After the growing season, a soil test will indicate what soil amendments are needed for the following season.
  • Plants should stand 6 to 12 inches apart in the garden.
  • Dig a hole for each plant large enough to amply accommodate the root ball.
  • Place the top of the root ball even with the level of the surrounding soil. Fill with soil to the top of the root ball.
  • Press soil down firmly with your hand leaving a slight depression around the plant to hold water.
  • Water thoroughly, so that a puddle forms in the saucer you have created. This settles the plants in, drives out air pockets and results in good root-to-soil contact.
  • Use the plant tag as a location marker. 
  • Keep weeds under control during the growing season. Weeds compete with plants for water, space and nutrients, so control them by either cultivating often or use a mulch to prevent their seeds from germinating. 
  • Mulches also help retain soil moisture and maintain even soil temperatures. For annuals an organic mulch of shredded leaves lends a natural look to the bed and will improve the soil as it breaks down in time. Always keep mulches off a plant’s stems to prevent possible rot.
  • Keep plants well-watered during the growing season, especially during dry spells. Plants need about 1 inch of rain per week during the growing season. Use a rain gauge to check to see if you need to add water. It's best to water with a drip or trickle system that delivers water at low pressure at the soil level. If you water with overhead sprinklers, water early in the day so the foliage has time to dry off before evening, to minimize disease problems. Keep the soil moist but not saturated.
  • Until plants become established, some protection from extreme winds and direct, hot sunlight may be necessary. Good air movement is also important.
  • After new growth appears, a light fertilizer may be applied. Keep granular fertilizers away from the plant crown and foliage to avoid burn injury. Use low rates of a slow release fertilizer such as Flower-tone, as higher rates may encourage root rots.
  • Remove spent flower spikes to encourage flowering and prevent seed development. Pinching the growing tips of plants can encourage bushiness.
  • Monitor for pests and diseases. Check with your local Cooperative Extension Service for pest controls recommended for your area.
  • Remove plants after they are killed by frost in fall to avoid disease issues the following year.
  • Cut scraggly petunia plants back by half in late summer to spur growth and encourage new flowers to form.
  • Petunias make beautiful edging plants and also can be combined with other summer-blooming annuals in mixed plantings. They are superb in containers of all sizes and types, either alone or combined with other flowers.
  • Petunias attract hummingbirds and moths to the garden.
Sun
Full Sun
Height
8-12 inches
Spread
8-12 inches
Ornamental Use
Beds, Borders, Container, Filler
Life Cycle
Annual
Growth Habit
Bush
Sow Method
Indoor Sow
Flowering
true
Bloom Duration
10
Petunia, Black Cat is rated 3.8 out of 5 by 5.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Looking good I have a black cat named Petunia, so how could I NOT buy these plants? I've planted them in a self watering planter which I think is helping tremendously. I was really shocked how black they looked when they first bloomed. After awhile the blooms tend to look more dark purple, but you really have to look closely. They've only just started blooming. I planted three starts in the planter and they are spreading out nicely. I look forward to them starting to drape over the pot.
Date published: 2014-06-02
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Tricky flower When this plant produces its velvety black flowers, it looks amazing. However, with the slightest stress - under watering, overwatering, sudden heat or cold - the petals get an ugly yellowy green stripe. Ug. I will keep pampering them in hopes of getting a planter full of the jet black blooms, though. If you have a greenhouse or sunroom and can control conditions at all times, these might be perfect for you. However, I won't be ordering until Burpee comes out with a stable black.
Date published: 2013-07-06
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Black petunias - that aren't I admit I bought these for the novelty. More than two thirds of them have developed a yellow-green stripe up the center of the petals, rather star-like. Think bumblebee. What a disappointment. A few of the flowers stayed black - at least for now. I went to great lengths purchasing other flowers in pinks and whites to go along the side of them; and now the arrangements look terrible...yellow and black amongst the hot pink just doesn't make it. I realize that this is a new strain and obviously I got shipped throwbacks. Would never recommend trying these - I should've known better.
Date published: 2012-06-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wow What a Petunia! The plants arrived and looked like ordinary petunias that happened to have dark buds.....I planted them in a vintage black and gray urn and waited.After a few weeks the plants had developed nicely and had began blooming.By mid summer the plants were cascading from the container and were covered by masses of velvety flowers.By late summer/ early fall the container was no longer visible only dozens of beautiful black velvet blooms and they continued that way untill late November! I was never a fan of petunias before but these plants are exceptional ! I will definitely add them to my garden again this year and I think you should too!
Date published: 2012-02-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great attention grabber! Absolute attention grabber, especially for men! Every time I entertained on my patio last summer, guys were around the planter with the black flowers, talking petunias!
Date published: 2011-02-21
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