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PlantFiles: Petunia
Petunia 'Fire Chief'

Family: Solanaceae (so-lan-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Petunia (peh-TEWN-ya) (Info)
Cultivar: Fire Chief

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6-12 in. (15-30 cm)
12-18 in. (30-45 cm)

9-12 in. (22-30 cm)

Not Applicable

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun


Bloom Color:

Bloom Time:
Mid Summer
Late Summer/Early Fall
Blooms repeatedly


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:

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

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1 positive
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Neutral renwings On Feb 19, 2007, renwings from Sultan, WA (Zone 8a) wrote:

My Select Seeds catalog states that this plant self sows. The profile indicates above that this plant is sterile.

Editor's Note

This plant is marked as "N/A: plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed" This cultivar, like most Petunias, will self-sow. It's marked as it is because it is a hybrid and won't come true to seed.

Positive berrygirl On Jul 14, 2006, berrygirl from Braselton, GA (Zone 7b) wrote:

A pretty red heirloom petunia though blooms are small. I still like it!

A scarce petunia variety bred by Bodger in California, it was an All-America Selections Winner in 1950. The fragrant flowers open rich red and fade to a soft red shade. Of the 45 pre-1960 AAS award-winning petunias, this is the only one still surviving!

Annual; 1 ft tall
Seed to bloom: 12 wks
Color: Red
Full sun
Soil: Rich, moist, well-drained
Hardiness: HHA
Sowing Instructions
Type: Annual
Depth: Surface
Flat temp: 65-70F
Sprout time: 5-14 days
Tip: Sow indoors 8-10 wks before planting out after frost, or outdoors after frost in longer season areas.



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

Braselton, Georgia

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