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Tidal Wave Petunias

Santos, Brazil(Zone 11)

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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Santos, Brazil(Zone 11)

Another picture.

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Central, WI(Zone 4b)

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!

Ogden, UT

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.

Clinton, CT(Zone 6b)

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.

Central, WI(Zone 4b)

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!

Clinton, CT(Zone 6b)

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?

Taft, TX(Zone 9a)

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.......

Clinton, CT(Zone 6b)

gessiegail . . . that was my inclination as well. Think I'll try Shock Wave.

Taft, TX(Zone 9a)

sounds wonderful! Post your picture when it is in bloom!

Central, WI(Zone 4b)

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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