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Petunia, Purple Wave™ Hybrid

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Purple Wave petunia, the original groundcover petunia.

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These large, versatile, lush blooming annuals with intensely colored 3" blooms provide a great groundcover for trimming walks and beds. Plant alone or mix with other plants in containers and hanging baskets. For quicker coverage, space plants closer together. Heat- and drought-tolerant, they are perfect for dry soils.
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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.

4-6 inches

Spread The width of the plant at maturity.

48-60 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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    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
4-6 inches
Spread
48-60 inches
Ornamental Use
Beds, Container
Life Cycle
Annual
Sow Method
Indoor Sow
Flowering
Yes
Bloom Duration
12 weeks
Flower color
Purple
Petunia, Purple Wave™ Hybrid is rated 4.6 out of 5 by 26.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Purple Wave Petunia Very reliable germination and plant vigor. I have used this variety from Burpees for many years and never been disappointed. Plants look great!
Date published: 2017-07-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic plants! I started these from seed under fluorescent grow lights. They're beautiful around my deck with an average of 140 blooms at any given time per plant. My attached photos while still looking great show less blooms due to heavy rain each of the last 4 days. Plants spring back to attention and flower production daily.
Date published: 2017-07-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Blossoming color waves This is the second year I have bought the Purple Wave Petunia. I bought other Petunias from a local nursery and let me just say the ones from Burpees are 100% better. Next year I will be buying all my flowers from Burpees.
Date published: 2017-07-15
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Nice petunias...but they aren't PURPLE! These took 10-12 weeks to be just large enough to plant. They are definitely not purple-which is why I bought and started seeds. Once started, they are hearty, pink petunias.
Date published: 2017-07-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from stunning petunias! My first time planting petunias and they look amazing, you cant really see the full effect as I had to crop the picture but these look so beautiful,trust me if I can do it, anybody can!
Date published: 2017-07-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautiful Bought these for my baskets on the pool deck. Received 15 seeds and all 15 germinated easily under grow lights. This was my first time trying to grow flowers by seed. So easy definitely will buy more petunia seeds for next year.
Date published: 2017-06-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The most beautiful petunias ever! Bought them in January, started from seeds and now I'm enjoying the most beautiful railing baskets full of beauty!
Date published: 2017-06-03
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Poor Plants this year I was disappointed this year. Poor packaging had one six-pack loose in a box with two others, six plants were not able to recover. They all were small , half the size of other years. Most grew fine but they were weak in the beginning. I rely on the quality of the original "Purple Wave". It is the best variety out there. I've grown them every year since 1993, I think that was when it was first released. I'll order again.
Date published: 2016-09-15
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