In My Garden: PetuniasWednesday, February 17, 2016
CARE OF PETUNIAS
PETUNIA PESTS & DISEASES
- Gray mold and/or soft rot usually occurs in rainy zones. You will want to ask your garden center if they have any weather resistant varieties.
- Aphids can cover the whole plant, so if you see them, hose off the plant with a strong blast of water. You can also pinch off the infested parts of the plant.
- Budworm caterpillars are small green caterpillars that attack in the first half of the summer. They eat the flower buds which effects the bloom output. Often the caterpillars are hard to find, but you might notice their black droppings or small holes in the leaves and buds of the petunia plant. They should disappear by July.
- Petunias are susceptible to disease from tobacco products. Make sure to wash your hands if you've been smoking cigarettes, or you could infect your plants.
- Deer LOVE petunias. if you live in a place with deer coming into your yard, you may want to plant the petunias in hanging baskets. You can also spray a repellant onto the plants that will either make them odorous or foul-tasting.