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My petunias are being weird!

HHassist's picture

Hi all,

I have some wave petunias in a planter on my deck. They aren't looking great though.

The flowers themselves look fine, but the stems are quite straggly and the leaves near the soil are going brown & falling off and some have kind of a whitish "film" on them??????

In this same pot is a lilac, with the petunias planted around the perimeter. The lilac is doing fine.

Any thoughts or suggestions would be appreciated! Thanks :)

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Anonymous's picture

How far down should I trim them back? Right to the dirt, or???

Thanks for your input!

Anonymous's picture

I'm not a gardening expert, so this is just a guess -- maybe the leaves are either not getting enough sun, or maybe they're getting too wet from when you water the planter?? Just a couple of things to consider....

As for the straggly stems, I think what you need to do is nip the tops of all of them. It's hard to do, especially when you have flowers & buds on the stem, but nipping them back usually makes the plants bushier and the stems won't get so long & straggly. The good things is, petunias grow new buds really quick, so it won't be long before you have a whole new crop of buds and flowers :)

Good luck!!

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