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Care of Geraniums
Whether indoors or out, geranium care is pretty basic. In addition to watering, which should be done deeply and once the soil begins to feel dry indoors or at least weekly outdoors (though potted plants may need daily watering in hot weather), fertilizing is usually necessary. Use a water-soluble houseplant fertilizer or a 5-10-5 fertilizer with additional organic matter every four to six weeks throughout their active growing season.
Wave petunias are annual plants that are often used in hanging baskets and window boxes because they are fuller than regular petunias and have branches that overflow out of their containers. Wave petunias also make great ground covers. Wave petunias are available in many different varieties, each with colorful flowers that bloom from spring until summer.
What is the difference between wave petunias and regular petunias?
Wave petunias have a unique trailing growth habit and are highly prolific in their blooming. They drape over the sides of containers and raised beds and are great summer performers. A regular petunia has an upright or bush growth habit. It may spread slightly, but will not drape down as dramatically as a Wave petunia. Cascade petunias, an earlier hybrid than Waves, are named for the Cascade mountain range and not for their growth habit. Cascade petunias are a bush type petunia. Planting
You can grow petunias from seeds, but it is easier to grow them from transplants. If you are going to grow from seeds, start them indoors 10 to 12 weeks before you want to set them outside. Petunia seeds are very small and needs lots of light in order to germinate. Remember to water them. When the plants have three leaves, you can plant them outside. It’s best to buy transplants and plant them in light, well-drained soil in full sun after the last spring frost. Petunias can grow in partial shade, but they will have fewer flowers. It’s better if the plants have shelter from the wind. Space the plants about 1 foot apart. If you’re planting petunias in containers, use a soil-less mix.
Petunias are tolerant of heat so you don’t have to water them regularly. A thorough watering once a week should be sufficient (unless there are prolonged periods of drought in your area). The spreading types and those in containers require more frequent watering though. Fertilize your plants monthly to ensure good growth. Double-flowered cultivars like a biweekly dose of fertilizer. Remove faded/dead flowers to prolong blooming Regular Petunias that we will be stocking. Colors this year will be White, Purple, Blue, Pink, Lavender, Pink/White, Lite dbl Pink and Red/White
Growing Nasturtium Plants:
Nasturtiums are a flower and a vegetable that begs to be ignored. Grow them in poor soils and if anything, keep the soil dry. Don't bother with mulch, compost and fertilizers. They do like full sun, but will tolerate partial shade. They make great plants for those areas in your garden that other plants refuse to grow in. Just remember, keep the soil dry and they will grow well. This companion plant helps to ward off insect pests.
The flowers make for good color in the garden, but are not great for harvesting and vases. The edible leaves can be harvested as soon as several leaves are on the plant. Like any leaf type of plant, they taste better when young and older leaves can be bitter. Related to the cress family, Nasturtiums have a slightly pepper taste. The flowers are also edible, but have less taste. Try using the seeds in pickling for a somewhat different taste.
Would you like an annual flower that blooms nonstop without the need for deadheading?
Million bells are prolific bloomers that attract hummingbirds, very easy to take care of and will look perfect at your house or business. Colors this year will be white, Magenta, Watermelon, Lavender and Purple.
Black-eyed Susan vine
Black-eyed Susan vine(Thunbergia) is a top pick for adding easy-growing bright color to the summer garden. The trumpet-shape blooms appear in cheery shades of yellow, orange, and white; many selections have dark purple throats. It's a polite vine you can count on to stay in bounds and not become overgrown.
The blooms are spectacular, with 4 flared sepals (that's the top part of the bloom) often in a contrasting color to the bell-shaped petals. The petals may be single, semi-double or double, with stamens and pistils extending from the blooms. Deadhead the seed pod. Deadhead the seed pod of each bloom when they begin to shrivel. If the seed pod is left after a flower falls, it will drain the nutrients, preventing more blooms. Also, Do not over water the flowers.
Coleus is grown mainly for its colorful foliage, which may be orange, red, yellow, green, purple, pink, cream, or many combinations of colors. Coleus need moist but well-drained soil rich in organic matter. Coleus need a sheltered location in full sun or part shade and ample water in dry weather.