Supertunia Vista Paradise. Photo by: Proven Winners.

If you give your petunias proper care they’ll bloom from planting to hard frost. Here’s what you need to know to keep them flowering through summer.


Petunias need at least 6 hours of full sun per day. The sun provides energy so that your petunias can grow and flower. If your petunias get less than six hours of light a day, then moving them to a sunnier location may encourage more blooms.

Your petunias may have thrived early in the season because lots of sunlight came through bare overhead trees. But once these trees leaf out fully, your flowers may end up in too much shade.


Keep the soil consistently moist, but not soggy. During summer, petunias in pots will likely need water every day, sometimes even twice a day, but those growing in the ground can go longer between waterings. Use a drip system to ensure you never forget to water.

If you notice your hanging baskets or containers looking wilted on a hot summer day, water! Give your petunias a good soak until water drains out the bottom. It will also help to grow petunias alongside other plants with similar water needs.


Apply a controlled-release fertilizer when you plant your petunias. Once they are established, switch to water-soluble fertilizer. Regular applications of plant food make a big difference in performance through the summer. Throughout May, fertilize every other week, then bump up to weekly fertilizing in June as the weather warms up.

Avoid fertilizers that contain a high amount of nitrogen. Nitrogen is a nutrient that encourages foliage growth rather than blooms. The first number on the fertilizer label represents nitrogen. Instead, give your petunias a balanced fertilizer where all three numbers are the same or one high in phosphorus, the second number on the label.


Prune your petunias as needed. An all-over haircut is great for rejuvenating leggy petunias!

Use a sharp pair of scissors or pruning shears to trim back up to 1/3 of the volume of the plant. Then, kickstart new growth, branching and flowering with a dose of water-soluble fertilizer.

Your plant will take a week to recover from the trim, but the end result is a fuller plant with more blooms going forward. Or you can cut just some branches each week so you don’t have sacrifice too many flowers at once.

Some petunias benefit from deadheading, which means removing the spent flowers so the plants don’t set seed. Supertunias are self-cleaning, so you don’t have to do this! They’ll keep blooming whether the old flowers are removed or not.

Supertunia Vista Paradise. Photo by: Proven Winners.


Are petunias annuals or perennials?

Since petunias don’t tolerate frost, they are grown as annuals in most climates, but they are actually classified as tender perennials.

How long do petunias last?

Typically, petunias only last one gardening season. However, if you live in a frost-free zone (10-11), you may be able to keep your petunias growing for 2 or 3 years.

Do petunias come back?

In ideal conditions, petunias can come back each year. But frost will kill these plants. Some gardeners have success overwintering petunia plants indoors. But most simply plant new petunias each spring.

How fast do petunias grow?

These plants are fast growers. Petunias are very vigorous, with mounding habits that can reach up to 2 feet in height in the landscape and may trail over the edges of baskets and containers up to 4 feet by the end of the season, if fertilized.

How long do petunias bloom?

Petunias are long-blooming and will produce colorful flowers from planting to hard frost. Care for them properly and you’ll enjoy non-stop flowers all season.

Can petunias survive frost?

Petunias grow best in warm weather. Their ideal temperature range is 55 to 80 degrees Fahrenheit. If temperatures fall below 40 degrees they may not like it, but below freezing will surely kill them.

Why do my petunias stop blooming?

Petunias are pretty good at producing blooms all through the summer. But they may stop blooming if they aren't getting enough sun, water, or fertilizer.



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