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masciam
Santos
Brazil
(Zone 11)

August 26, 2007
2:35 PM

Post #3901669

Hey,
It's my frist time growing the tidal wave variety, and so far they're really fast growers(compared to other petunias). I'd like to know if they should be pinched like regular petunias, or should I just let them grow? They seem to branch out on their own (picture). I'm also aware that they are heavy feeders.. so can I start fertilizing right now or wait till they get bigger? I plan on using them on window boxes and hanging baskets.

Thanks,
Mauricio

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masciam
Santos
Brazil
(Zone 11)

August 26, 2007
2:36 PM

Post #3901671

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81302
Central, WI
(Zone 4b)

August 27, 2007
2:24 PM

Post #3905147

I planted tidal wave this year for first time and was really happy with it. They are new cultivar of wave petunias with added quality that if you plant them a foot a part will get fairly tall 18 inches or more and hedge like and farther apart will spread up to 4 feet. I did it both ways. You don't have to pinch them back and you can start feeding if they have been in current pot for couple of weeks. They are prolific bloomers and hope you will like them as much as I do.
Happy Gardening!
flowerprincess
Ogden, UT

August 28, 2007
7:34 PM

Post #3910564

I planted some this year in the greenhouse, and everyone has called me and said how well they did. I did get a tip from a local nursery who specializes in them, they actually feed them fertilizer every other watering.
I usually fertilize them twice a week, and she stated you use double the amount of miracle grow, I thought this was too much, but I tried it, and I am amazed how well they are doing. I can tell when I have forgotten to fertilize them.
David_Paul
Clinton, CT
(Zone 6b)

August 30, 2007
10:47 PM

Post #3919377

81302...which way would be better for an intense splash of color (about 5 by 7 feet) visible from 50 to 100 feet away? Plant them close or let them sprawl out? Guess I'm looking for the maximum number of blooms. Spot is on a little slope outside the porch visible from the road.
81302
Central, WI
(Zone 4b)

December 16, 2007
8:45 PM

Post #4301217

Response to David_Paul
I think you would get an intense splash of color either way.
Area that I planted mine sprawled out was on a ridge about 30 feet away and really added a lot but if your area for viewing is slopes downward or very flat probably would work best planted more closely to insure able to view.
So sorry that I didn't check back with this thread sooner.
Good luck and happy gardening!
David_Paul
Clinton, CT
(Zone 6b)

December 17, 2007
2:18 AM

Post #4302210

Thanks 81302!

House is on a slight rise so that should work well. Have a dozen 12" self-watering hanging pots for the front and side porches. One plant per pot enough? I see they spread quite a bit but do want as many as will fit. Any idea the optimum number?
gessiegail
Taft, TX
(Zone 9a)

December 18, 2007
1:19 AM

Post #4305291

I am reluctant to answer but i tend to overplant as I love the lush foliage and flowers. For a 12" basket I would put at least 3 or 5...good luck and wait for someone else to answer...
David_Paul
Clinton, CT
(Zone 6b)

December 18, 2007
1:45 AM

Post #4305363

gessiegail . . . that was my inclination as well. Think I'll try Shock Wave.
gessiegail
Taft, TX
(Zone 9a)

December 18, 2007
1:54 AM

Post #4305392

sounds wonderful! Post your picture when it is in bloom!
81302
Central, WI
(Zone 4b)

December 26, 2007
4:16 PM

Post #4328254

I didn't plant my tidal waves in pots but usually put 4-5 standard wave petunias in my 12" pots.
I haven't planted the shock waves so interested in seeing your pictures as well.
Apologize once again for the delay in responding. Now that Christmas is past will be better. We have at least a foot of snow on ground currently but receiving lots of catalogs and already making lists and plans:-)

Happy Gardening!

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