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Garden Talk: How to prune or revive overgrown, leggy wave petunias.

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gloriag
Floyd, VA
(Zone 6b)

June 14, 2007
10:23 PM

Post #3615635

Today, I bought two lovely, leggy wave petunias. What should I do to revive them and make them bushier. They are stretched out well over 16" in all directions, leaving the middle empty.
speckledpig
Satsuma, AL
(Zone 8b)

June 15, 2007
4:50 PM

Post #3618490

I have cut mine back to about 6" from the crown about this time of year (I just did some of mine yesterday), they always come back strong!

David
sticks_n_stones
Crosbyton, TX
(Zone 7a)

June 18, 2007
1:19 AM

Post #3627376

gloria and david...thank you for this topic and solution...mine are looking REAL bad; i repoted some today to see if it will help...i may have start wacking away at them
speckledpig
Satsuma, AL
(Zone 8b)

June 18, 2007
2:24 AM

Post #3627719

One thing I told Gloria in dmail that I should probably mention here...if you have some nice flowering stems, leave them be while you cut the others back. That way you'll have at least a few flowers left!
sticks_n_stones
Crosbyton, TX
(Zone 7a)

June 18, 2007
2:26 AM

Post #3627728

now you tell me...(grin) i went ahead and totally wacked one pot down...i was so sick of looking at them so scraggly...the other one i didn't have the heart to do that too...it still had too many blooms...
defoecat
Pleasureville, KY
(Zone 6a)

June 18, 2007
3:38 AM

Post #3628058

Cut them back, fertilize, and stand back, they will come back bigger and stronger, with better blooms than ever. I do all petunias this way, and I have never failed to have a healthier, sturdier plant.

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