Raspberry Ice Opera Supreme Petunia
Petunia x hybrida. Elegant in our trials with its spectacular raspberry-red center that bleeds out on a pale ice-pink flower. The unique colour made it a real standout. Opera petunias have a trailing habit, long bloom time and the best feature is that it is self-cleaning. Perfect for your pots and has great bedding performance as well. Plants are 4-6 inches high and spread to 3 feet. Approx. 10 seeds/pkg.
Starter Plant info: Minimum Purchase Required: When purchasing Starter Plants you must purchase a minimum of 12 plants, this can be a combination of any 2 pkgs of 6 plants (or a colleciton of 12 plants).
All Starter Plant orders will be shipped in early-mid May via Canada Post Express Post. If we have your email address you will receive a notification once your order has shipped.
Seeds Planting: Start inside 8 weeks before last frost. Sprinkle the tiny seed onto soil surface and gently press them in; do not cover. Provide light and constant warmth (21-24 degrees C). Use a bottom heat source for best results. Transplant after last frost into a full sun location. Will tolerate light shade but blooming will be reduced. Petunia Spacing: Fantasy Mix 6-8 inches; Colorama, Prism, Celebrity and Double Cascade 8-10 inches. Growing: Must be deadheaded regularly. Do not overwater or overfertilize. Use a low-nitrogen/high-phosphorus fertilizer sparingly.
Starter Plants - Important! Upon Arrival:
Please open blister packs and notify us immediately by e-mail, or by calling 1-800-363-7333. if there is a problem with your plugs.
Drench the root balls with water. These young plants must be potted as soon as possible upon arrival. Handle these plugs gently. Plugs are rooted cuttings that are started in trays of individual cells. They are ready to be transferred into larger pots to continue growing. After several weeks they can be placed outside (after last frost date) and will provide you with several months of beauty and enjoyment!
Transplant your plants individually into any 3-4 inch pots or directly into a hanging basket, large container or window box. We recommend 3-4 plugs per 8-10" hanging basket, or 6-9 plugs per 12" basket. In a mixed container do not plant too close to the edge. Keep plants at least 2-3 inches away from the container rim to prevent the roots from getting too hot or dry. Handle the plug by the root ball, never by the stem. Use a peat based soilless mix that contains perlite or vermiculite for drainage. Handle the plug by the root ball, never by the stem. Place the plant in the center of the pot and at the same depth at which it is already growing. Gently firm the soil around the new plant and water in well.
Provide lots of sunlight or artificial light. If you must place pots on your windowsills, be aware that it may get very hot on sunny days and very cold at night. Plants may dry out or get frost or heat damage. Turn containers frequently to allow plants to grow evenly. Protect plants from extreme temperature swings. Room temperature is fine. Water whenever potting mix is dry to the touch. Feed regularly with any balanced water-soluble fertilizer. It is better to feed with a weak solution every time you water (constant feed), than with a strong solution every 2 weeks. You may also use a slow release fertilizer especially for containers, such as SmartCote Hanging Basket Food. Organic alternatives would be Jolly Farmer Earthworm Castings. Removing 1-2 sets of leaves from each stem or “pinching” may help some varieties stay bushy and produce more flowers.
Gradually adjust your plants to outside conditions over a period of a week or two. First place them outside on a warm, calm day in the shade for a few hours. Work up to more sun, wind, and cooler temperatures and finally leave out overnight. Permanently place or plant them outside after your last spring frost date. Check moisture levels everyday, and water when neccesary. Continue to fertilize throughout the season. Watch out for the usual insect pests: whiteflies, aphids, thrips, and spider mites.