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Petunia, Trailing Petunia
Petunia 'Balcony Mix'

Family: Solanaceae (so-lan-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Petunia (peh-TEWN-ya) (Info)
Cultivar: Balcony Mix
Additional cultivar information:(aka Pendula Balcony Mix)
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Category:

Annuals

Height:

under 6 in. (15 cm)

6-12 in. (15-30 cm)

Spacing:

9-12 in. (22-30 cm)

Hardiness:

Not Applicable

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun

Danger:

N/A

Bloom Color:

Pink

Rose/Mauve

Blue-Violet

Violet/Lavender

Purple

White/Near White

Bloom Time:

Blooms repeatedly

Foliage:

Herbaceous

Other details:

This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds

Flowers are fragrant

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Suitable for growing in containers

Soil pH requirements:

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

Patent Information:

Non-patented

Propagation Methods:

From herbaceous stem cuttings

From seed; sow indoors before last frost

Seed Collecting:

Allow pods to dry on plant; break open to collect seeds

Properly cleaned, seed can be successfully stored

N/A: plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed

Regional

This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Wiseman, Arkansas

Fresno, California

Denver, Colorado

Braselton, Georgia

Hampton, Illinois

Rockford, Illinois

Somerville, Massachusetts

Columbiana, Ohio

Hendersonville, Tennessee

Emory, Texas

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Gardeners' Notes:

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Positive

On May 16, 2011, wodesorel from Columbiana County, OH (Zone 6a) wrote:

I just love these petunias! Unlike the more modern varieties that are found at greenhouses, these have no nasty smell or sticky stems. The flowers produce the most wonderful floral scent, very close to a sweet lily but not overpowering in the least. I planted just a few last year, but have started half a flat this year. Seeds were sown on February 28th, and I got my first flower (still under grow lights) May 15th, with the plants being barely three inches high.

I would recommend planting them in the ground rather than a pot. I tried it both ways last summer and the potted ones did very poorly and became root-bound and very leggy within just a few weeks. However, the ones I places in the ground were enormous and flowered very heavily until after the first light frost. They ar... read more

Positive

On Jun 29, 2008, straea from Somerville, MA (Zone 6b) wrote:

NoelleChristine, it sounds like you fertilized it way too much. That could have made the lack of flowering worse, which happens in many plants - depending on the species of plant and the type of fertilizer, plants sometimes respond to fertilizer by producing foliage at the expense of flowers.

As to my own experience, I love the old-time look and smell of these beautiful flowers in a mix of a few colors (mine seem to usually be mostly pale lavender and pale rose, typically with a whitish center). If grown in a windy spot they benefit from staking. The one down side, as far as I'm concerned, is that their stems are a bit brittle and I have had some problems with squirrels breaking the stems when they dig around in my pots.

Positive

On Mar 12, 2007, berrygirl from Braselton, GA (Zone 7b) wrote:

Small flowers in shades of lavender, pink and purple. Sweetly scented, especially at dusk. If deadheaded, they continue to bloom until the late fall freeze. Listed in catalogs in the 1920s and 1930s. Self sows.

Annual; 2-3 ft tall
Seed to bloom: 12 wks
Color: Mix
Full sun
Soil: Rich, moist, well-drained

Sowing Instructions
Depth: Surface
Flat temp: 65-75F
Sprout time: 5-20 Days
Tip: Sow indoors 8-10 weeks before planting out after frost or outdoors after frost in longer season areas.

Negative

On Jul 26, 2004, NoelleChrsitine from Burbank, CA wrote:

My first time with Petunias. I transplanted them into a hanging basket early this summer. A beautiful flowered plant. However within less than a month all the flowers wilted and died.

I watered it a bit every other day, and fertilized every second watering. I even trimmed it to encourage new buds. I finally (after three months or so) tossed it out and replaced it with few young Lisianthus (hopfully these will survive, I have my fingers crosses).

What did I do wrong? Was it too much sun? I had hung it about three feet from our front door, facing west -it only got partial shade from sunsise until 1PM, otherwise full sun. I live in zone 9-10 and it has been a very warm summer.

Positive

On Jul 19, 2003, Shelly221 from Denver, CO (Zone 5b) wrote:

I let my petunia's seed last year, and literally just tossed the seeds around. They came up beautifully! I was shocked to see how easy it was! Neat little plant.

Neutral

On Nov 29, 2001, poppysue from Westbrook, ME (Zone 5a) wrote:

Petunias are a favorite bedding annual that require little care and will bloom all summer long. They're an excellent choice for containers and hanging baskets. Balcony Mix is an old-fashioned variety that is sweetly fragrant.