Good And Plenty Petunias From Green Fuse Botanicals

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Petunia 'Good and Plenty Nightlife'

Green Fuse Botanicals continues to expand its Good and Plenty petunia series with its latest addition, Petunia ‘Nightlife.’ Like a great evening party, ‘Nightlife’ entertains with deep hues of burgundy and magenta that change depending on how the light strikes the flowers. ‘Nightlife’ adds a dark side to a range of colors that includes a true orange, rich red and bright yellow.

Good and Plenty are multiflora petunias with a mounded habit that feature flowers over the entire plant. With maturity and increased plant size, the stems will not break as the plant is handled and sleeved. Outdoor performance has been excellent in garden trials across the nation. The past year has also proven Good and Plenty petunias perform well in greenhouse production.

Scheduling

Good and Plenty petunias are early to flower and can be finished for early March. A single 105-cell liner can be transplanted into 6-inch containers and finished in five to seven weeks for spring.

Three plants per container are required for larger containers such as 8-inch or 10-inch patio pots or hanging baskets. These baskets will finish in eight to 10 weeks.

Pinch dominant shoots 10 to 14 days after transplant or once the plants have become established in high-quality finishing containers.

Environment And Media Requirements

Optimal temperatures for finishing Good and Plenty petunias are 60°F to 70°F during the day and 55°F to 60°F at night. After transplanting, fertilize with a balanced feed (including minor elements) at 200 to 250 ppm. For maximum growth and a quick finish, the optimal soil EC is 1.25 to 2.0. The Good and Plenty series seems to move elements within the plant efficiently, so there have not been iron deficiency issues with any of the darker colors.

Plant Growth Regulators

B-Nine is effective for controlling stretch during cloudy weather, as well as for toning finished pots for improved shelf life. Two varieties that benefit from early applications of B-Nine at 7500 ppm are ‘Good and Plenty Blue’ and ‘Good and Plenty Yellow.’ Other products that can be used successfully to insure quality plants are Sumagic as a spray at 15 to 30 ppm or Bonzi as drench at 1 to 3 ppm.

Orange, purple and rose varieties do not require any PGR applications. They are compact in stature and well branched, so unless a grower is holding for an extended period of time, they do not require PGRs.

Randy Uhl (ruhl@michells.com) is the technical sales support/program manager for Green Fuse Botanicals and the Henry F Michell Co.
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