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2021 Annual of the Year

2021 Annual of the Year

By Susan Martin for Proven Winners
Photographs courtesy of Proven Winners

A star is born! Meet the newest star in our 2021 collection: Supertunia Mini Vista® Pink Star petunia. We’ll show you four ways to use this starry eyed annual in your containers and landscape and give tips on growing it beautifully in this article.

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Meet the 2021 Annual of the Year: Supertunia Mini Vista® Pink Star Petunia

There’s no denying the popularity of Supertunia Vista® Bubblegum® petunia, and we know you are going to love her “little sister” – Supertunia Mini Vista® Pink Star. She has the amazing vigor of a Supertunia Vista petunia but in a more petite package.

Where a more densely mounded petunia is a better fit, try this starry patterned, smaller flowered selection with delightfully striped pink and white blossoms which completely blanket the foliage. This petunia is ideal for massing along the front of a border and filling hanging baskets and patio pots with all-season color. Like all Supertunias, there’s no need to remove any of the spent flowers for continuous bloom from spring into fall.

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Supertunia Mini Vista® Pink Star at a Glance:

  • Fun stripy blossoms all season
  • No need to remove the spent flowers for continuous bloom
  • Easy to mix with other flowers in container recipes
  • Perfect for containers and landscapes
  • Strong growth without much fuss
  • Thrives in warm, sunny weather but also blooms well into the cooler months of fall

Try These 3 Container Recipes 

This petunia is an all-star in patio containers, hanging baskets and window boxes. It pairs well with other vigorous, sun loving annuals like Superbena, Scaevola and standard Supertunia varieties. Be sure to use a good quality potting soil when you plant.

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Recipe: Sun Burst Lemonade Add a ray of sunshine to your garden by planting this recipe in a hanging basket or in your window or porch rail boxes. Best with at least six hours of sun per day.

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Recipe: Sea Winds A gorgeous, robust recipe for sun to part sun, especially in warm climates where tropical plants like Pentas and Caladiums thrive. Try it in containers or in the landscape. Best in four or more hours of sun per day.

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Recipe: Young Love Butterflies will love this sweet mix of pink and white blossoms all summer long. Try it in your porch pots or in the landscape. Best with at least six hours of sun per day.

A Five Star Landscape Recipe

Prefer to grow your petunias in the landscape? Supertunia petunias will grow in the ground if the soil is well-drained and not too alkaline. If you have heavy, alkaline clay, grow them in containers instead. If your garden soil is sandy, mix some garden soil, compost or manure in the hole when you plant.

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Included in this landscape for full sun to part sun, above, front to back:

  • Whirlwind® White Scaevola
  • Supertunia Mini Vista® Pink Star Petunia
  • ColorBlaze® Rediculous® coleus
  • Heart to Heart® ‘White Wonder’ Caladium
  • Truffula™ Pink Gomphrena
  • Persian Shield Strobilanthes
  • Stratosphere™ White Gaura 

Quick Care Tips

Light: Supertunia petunias grow and bloom best if planted in full sun, which means more than six hours of sun per day. They will also grow in part sun, which is 4-6 hours of direct sun with at least some of that being in the afternoon.

Water: Provide consistent irrigation. Petunias do not like to dry out. Consider installing WaterWise® drip irrigation or using self-watering AquaPots® to keep your Supertunias consistently moist.

Feeding: Petunias are hungry flowers. Mix continuous release plant food in the soil when you plant and feed them with water soluble plant food every third time you water.

Trimming: Supertunias like to get a “haircut” a couple of times per season. The act of trimming encourages a new flush of growth and flowers. Trim as much as 1/3 of the length of the stems up in midsummer and again in early fall. Feed the plant with water soluble plant food after trimming to provide instant energy for new growth.

Heat: Supertunias are heat tolerant plants that perform well in nearly all areas of North America from spring into fall. In extreme southern climates, they are often planted in fall and enjoyed through spring the following year.

Learn more about growing Supertunia petunias in this detailed article.

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Patent Info: Supertunia Mini Vista® Pink Star Petunia USPP28028 CanPRB5517

Susan Martin is an avid zone 6 gardener, garden writer and speaker who enjoys spreading her passion for plants to her fellow gardeners across North America.

All articles are copyrighted and remain the property of the author.

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