Wednesday, January 26, 2022

A little trim

Ok, a severe trim. In the past once petunias are past their prime I've tried cutting them back, to hopefully send forth new shoots and flowers. It's always been a fail. 

This pot of some miniature variety of petunias was all I could find at the big green shed. They behaved really well but two and a half weeks ago when they were still looking good, I thought I would try the cut back, fertilise and heavy water. Maybe my former efforts failed because I left it too late.

So there is lots of new growth but I thought it would happen more quickly. No sign of flowers yet. I may have once again made a grave error.



Oh yeah, happy Australia/Invasion Day and happy Indian Republic Day.

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  1. OK, this is news to me. I didn't know petunias could be trimmed this way! I'll have to try it. (Or maybe not. LOL)

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    1. Steve, while it is taking longer than I thought, I think it will work. There is plenty of hot weather left here yet.

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  2. I will be interested to see/hear updates on the trim.
    And yeah Happy Whatever. I still think we should move the date...

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    1. EC, two statues of Captain Cook were covered in red paint as a protest here on the eve of Australia Day. It is such a divisive day now and does need to be changed.

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  3. They tell me that patience is a virtue. It worked on my avocado tree. Maybe it will work on your petunia as well. I've never trimmed petunias though. I have dead headed them, but never cut them.

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    1. Debby, I hope it is just waiting time.

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  4. I bought similar petunias and they are looking lovely at the front door. I have never heard about cutting them back. I dig 'em up and chuck 'em when they get straggly. I am a hard woman.

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    1. Caro, as I used to do in the garden. Now they go down the rubbish chute.

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  5. I have a neighbour with pots of petunias that seem to always be blooming, she had some in a wheelbarrow too, but I think there is something else in there now. Should I ask her on your behalf whether she trims or prunes and how often? Her pots are fairly large, big concrete ones about 15-18 inches tall.

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    1. River, I would be interested to know. But small plastic pots are a bit different. By the growth happening now, I think they will come back. I am sure Mother has cut back petunias hard and they bloomed again.

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  6. I have an empty pot on my own porch that could use some colour, maybe I'll try petunias.

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    1. This small flowered variety was pretty good.

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  7. I am the last person on the planet to discuss gardening sensibly, but I have had success with my one indoor plant for years now.
    1. a glass of water every day
    2. a small box of soil and mulch every month
    3. keep the blind down for the hot seasons and
    4. no severe trims.. cut off dead stems only

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    1. Hels, I believe more in a good soak type watering, but otherwise what you do sounds fine to me.

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  8. I’ve always been a dead header never a trimmer…..but I did know someone (sadly deceased) who left them until really straggly late in the season then cut them back. The cooler weather seemed to bring on a new flush. Don’t know how she did it though….some gardeners a secretive and never pass on tips for success

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    1. Cathy, I've tried that in the garden and it has never worked. Pity you can't ask her.

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  9. Maybe you should have cut away the green bits, and left the colour!

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    1. Cro, a reverse Morticia Adams thing then.

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  10. You've had more success than I've ever had with flowers.

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    1. Kirk, I've dealt with gardens and plants for a long time. You have to watch them closely to see what makes them happy.

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  11. You should host a new TV show: "Gardening with Andrew".

    "Hi everybody, I'm Andrew Smith* and I'd like to talk to you today about petunias..."

    What music or song would you select for your theme music?

    * Smith is the most common surname in Australia.

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    1. Only if I can use the late Alan Searle's sibilant hiss and wrap up with late Peter Cundall's 'And that's your bloomin' lot'. Cundall may have come from Yorkshire. Nah, I just checked. Manchester.

      Could my gardening show be called, Trimming your excessive growth?

      I thought Nguyen was the most common name here.

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    2. Okay you can be Andrew Nguyen instead. Maybe you can plant some noodles.

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  12. Gardening can be such hit or miss. And very intense for some. I crashed into an orchid meeting one time by accident and sat down, gobsmacked, with the serious atmosphere and gorgeous displays. Your petunias are beautiful. Hopefully they rise again.

    XO
    WWW

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    1. WWW, I've seen some impressive displays of orchids too, none better than in Thailand.

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  13. Quite a cutting back, should do the trick. I haven't grown those in decades

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    1. Good recovery growth is a start TP.

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  14. I just threw out my last attempt at growing an avocado pit, promising myself, never again.
    Ordered a basil plant in my online groceries last week, on the coldest day of the year, poor thing is trying to hang in but it was out in the cold for too long. What was I thinking?
    Lost one of my pothos plants last week.

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    1. Jackie, I couldn't see you having the climate to grow avocados. Grown from stones they can take many years to fruit. Grafted are much better. I've not tried basil. Our balcony is very challenging for plants with such strong winds.

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  15. I've never been successful at cutting back petunias or anything else for that matter. I always console myself with the thought that the garden centers need repeat customers to stay in business! Good luck. I'll look forward to your update.

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    1. Jenny, very good of you to support local businesses. You would have a shorter window for growing and blooming, so your might not get to the leggy stage.

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