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Petunia Burpee's Best Mix Hybrid

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Biggest blooms; widest color range.

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Sow indoors, 6-10 weeks before last frost. Space plants 8-10" apart. Burpee's Best Mix. Improved Biggest blooms; widest color range.
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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.

16-18 inches

Spread The width of the plant at maturity.

8-10 inches

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

Beds, Container

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

Sow Method This refers to whether the seed should be sown early indoors and the seedlings transplanted outside later, or if the seed should be sown directly in the garden at the recommended planting time.

Indoor Sow

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  • Petunias

    Petunias
    Start Indoors Start Indoors Starting seeds indoors is called Indoor Sow or Indirect Sow and these dates are when to sow seeds indoors in the spring or summer
    Transplant Transplant When to transplant bulbs or roots in the garden for spring
    Start Outdoors Start Outdoors Starting seeds outdoors is called Outdoor Sow or Direct Sow and these dates are when to sow seeds outdoors in the spring or summer
    Start Indoors Fall Start Indoors Fall Starting seeds indoors in the fall called Indoor Sow or Indirect Sow and these dates are when to sow seeds outdoors in the fall
    Transplant Fall Transplant Fall Transplant Fall-When to transplant bulbs or roots in the garden for fall
    Start Outdoors Fall Start Outdoors Fall Starting seeds outdoors in the fall is called Outdoor Sow or Direct Sow and these dates are when to sow seeds outdoors in the fall
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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, 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
16-18 inches
Spread
8-10 inches
Ornamental Use
Beds, Container
Life Cycle
Annual
Sow Method
Indoor Sow
Flowering
Yes
Bloom Duration
12 weeks
Flower color
Blue, Pink, Purple, Red
Petunia Burpee's Best Mix Hybrid is rated 4.4 out of 5 by 14.
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Beautiful Vibrant Flowers These were gorgeous blooms, large, and easy to start from seed. However, do note that I found the blooms to be much more vibrant in color than pictured. I was expecting them to have a more "muted" tone. 95% of my blooms were bright purple, magenta, and bright pink. Only one of my plants turned out to be the more "baby pink" color pictured, and if anything I thought it looked very out of place because it was so much more muted than the other colors. Other considerations are that I felt like I was deadheading constantly with these. Essentially every day there are faded blooms to take care of. Also despite my pinching them as babies, I found the plants to be a bit leggy and not nice and full. I was growing in containers however, so maybe this problem would right itself if they were planted in the ground.
Date published: 2017-09-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great seed production I planted 2 packages of the seed, they all must have come up twice. Incredible amount of seedlings
Date published: 2017-08-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Started from seed Brings a little color to the fence and neighborhood.
Date published: 2017-07-16
Rated 1 out of 5 by from poor I carefully followed the instructions, even did some in pots and all together got 4 to sprout, Was not very happy about that. None actually grew. I would not try that again as I usually have at least pretty good luck with seeding.
Date published: 2017-07-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Simply gorgeous My second year with these. Look more like a carnation than a petunia. Strong healthy plants grow easily from seed.
Date published: 2017-07-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Gorgeous and prolific! Germinated these under lights and got an excellent germination rate! I dusted only a few in each peat pot and eventually transplanted them into large pots on my patio. I must say they are amazing so far in mid-June. The colors are beautiful and I've got an equal amount of magenta, light pink, bubble gum pink, purple and white/pink stripe. The blooms are huge and the plants are growing fast and healthy. Will definitely buy these again next year. One packet of seeds produced about 15 plants for me by the time it was all said and done.
Date published: 2017-06-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Attention getter I started these from seed under grow lights a couple months before setting outdoors. They are such a nice change from the usual petunia. The flower is dense in petals, and has people asking if it is a petunia, as the leaves are typical of petunias, but the flower itself so unusual. It was easy to grow and has beautiful colors as shown in the photo. My only disappointment, was how few seeds there were in the packet. The seeds are miniscule, and hard to plant just one at a time. There were scant seeds, so I had to plant very carefully as to not to waste precious seed.
Date published: 2017-06-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I grow these every year Beautiful every time, and in my favorite colors too. The only downside is that the seeds are amazingly tiny, like dust, and difficult to see and work with. Otherwise they're not any more difficult to start than tomato plants. I've had better results from this variety than any other petunia I've tried to grow.
Date published: 2017-01-28
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