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Laura Bush Petunia
Petunia X violacea (Solanaceae)
A hardy, reseeding annual variety native to South America. This rugged old-fashioned petunia variety was bred for its heat and cold tolerance and disease resistance. The Laura Bush Petunia scoffs at extreme summer temperatures, producing numerous 1-1 1/2 inch bell-shaped violet colored flowers. As the mercury rises in the dog days of summer, this baby literally cranks out the blooms. As an added bonus the dark green foliage serves as a background to compliment the vibrant flowers that practically glow. Prefers full sun in well-drained, fertile soil. Very low maintenance and quite impressive.
Average planting success with this species: 80%
Height: 18-24 inches
Germination: 15-30 days
Optimum soil temperature for germination: 68F-86F
Sowing depth: Surface Sow
Blooming period: April-First Frost
Average seeds per pound: 6,549,000
Seeding rate: 1 lb. per acre
1 Pkt Covers: 30 sq. ft.
Suggested use: Wooden barrels, borders, hanging baskets.
Miscellaneous: Flowers are delightfully fragrant. Reseeds. If started in flats, space transplants 12 inches apart. Soil temperatures below 68F will limit germination response. Requires a minimum of 7 hours of direct sun or plants will become spindly and have fewer blooms.