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Supertunia® Indigo Charm Petunia hybrid

(6 REVIEWS)
Exposure
  • Part Sun to Sun

The optimum amount of sun or shade each plant needs to thrive: Full Sun (6+ hours), Part Sun (4-6 hours), Full Shade (up to 4 hours).

Flower Season
  • Spring
  • Summer
  • Fall
Mature Size
14" 24"
Height
8 - 14"
Spread
18 - 24"
  • Details

    Features

    These COLORS never fade.

    Small deep purple-blue flowers.

    Award Winner
    Continuous Bloom or Rebloomer
    Long Blooming
    Heat Tolerant
    Deadheading Not Necessary
    Drought Tolerant
    Attracts: 
    Butterflies
    Hummingbirds

    Characteristics

    Plant Type: 
    Annual
    Height Category: 
    Short
    Garden Height: 
    8 - 14 Inches
    Trails Up To: 
    24 Inches
    Spacing: 
    12 - 18 Inches
    Spread: 
    18 - 24 Inches
    Flower Colors: 
    Purple
    Flower Shade: 
    Purple
    Foliage Colors: 
    Green
    Foliage Shade: 
    Green
    Habit: 
    Mounding Trailing
    Container Role: 
    Filler

    Plant Needs

    Light Requirement: 
    Part Sun to Sun
    Maintenance Category: 
    Easy
    Bloom Time: 
    Planting To Hard Frost
    Hardiness Zones: 
    10a, 10b, 11a, 11b
    Water Category: 
    Average
    Soil Fertility Requirement: 
    Average Soil
    Uses: 
    Container
    Uses: 
    Edging Plant
    Uses: 
    Groundcover
    Uses: 
    Landscape
    Uses: 
    Mass Planting
    Uses Notes: 

    Use in hanging baskets, window boxes, landscaping and combinations planters.

    Maintenance Notes: 

    Self-cleaning, no deadheading necessary, this is not necessarily true of all Petunias.

    Fertilize often for best summer performance.

    Late July and August is when plants should be at their best, but there is only one problem: The plants have run out of energy and the gardeners realize it too late to help the plants recover. This is especially true in raised containers and hanging baskets. Here is the best way to keep your Petunias in the Super category.

    1. When you buy them in the spring, buy a slow release fertilizer to top dress the basket or container. If you plant your own basket, incorporate some of the slow release fertilizer in the soil as you plant. Follow the package directions.

    2. In May fertilize with a water-soluble fertilizer once every two weeks. Mix up the fertilizer and water the plants just like you would if you were using clear water. It normally takes a good half of gallon of water to really water a 10" wide basket or raised container.

    3. In June as the weather starts to get warm to hot, fertilize weekly, again with a good soaking. If the weather turns really hot as it sometimes does in Late June you may need to fertilize every third watering. By now the Supertunia is really growing and starting to tumble down from the basket or fill out across the flowerbed.

    4. July is when the cutting back occurs. Around the 4th of July, (after your big party) get some of the slow release fertilizer that you bought in spring and re-apply across the top of the planter. At the same time, trim back some of the longer branches just enough to bring the plant back in line with the bottom of the pot or basket. Don't remove too much at the maximum cut back 20% of the branches or 1 in five shoots. You can also just give it a general light trim. Your plant will be out of flower for a few days, but will come back stronger than ever. By now with July's heat you should be watering at least every other day and begin to fertilize every other watering. I know it sounds like a lot, but if you want a plant to grow like an elephant and be the most it can be, you got to feed it like an elephant!

    5. August is, hot, humid, & sometimes with monsoons. Keep up the water and fertilizing, and again, if the plant starts to look straggly remove a few more branches but never more than 20% or give it a general trim as before.

    6. It is September and the plants should still look good, start to back off the watering and the feed, but shape the basket with the last pruning of the season.

    I know it sounds like a lot of work, but it really is a labor of love. I fertilize my baskets and my garden every time I water, and I water daily from mid July through August. I recently invested in the WaterWise irrigation system and let me tell you it really works. You will find that your Supertunias, along with all the rest of your plants will keep looking fantastic through September and perhaps with the luck of a gardener and a late frost maybe even into October.

    The Best Petunia. Period.®

    Supertunia® Indigo Charm Petunia hybrid 'USTUN29801' USPP 22,883, Can 4,351
  • 6 Reviews

    • First time buyer May 2017 and quickly planted in large pot with Gold Carpet and Morning Star. Early returns are most promising, as with others in the Charm series, Indigo is a sturdy, robust plant with vigorous blooms. Outstanding color and the smaller blooms retain their shape better than the larger petunia varieties. Definitely a pure purple but not dark like Royal Velvet Supertunia. More a mounding plant than a trailer for now but a couple of branches on mine have begun to stretch a bit. Prolific bloomer already and I look forward to seeing it grow throughout the harsh Washington summer. Matthew Lamb, Frederick, MD

      Matthew Lamb
      Maryland
      United States
      2 years ago
      Above Average Superior performance, among my favorites, would recommend to others.
    • I tried this plant last year in a hanging basket with one Flambe (yellow strawflower) plant for contrast. I absolutely love the color of the flower and it does not fade. I trimmed it a few times throughout the season just to keep it more rounded looking. It was extremely heat and sun tolerant (with plenty of water of course). It is a well branching plant. I will definately buy more this year. Hopefully I won't have trouble finding them locally as last year I only found in one nursery near by my house. Gayle

      Gayle
      Massachusetts
      United States
      3 years ago
      Outstanding My favorite plant, I recommend to others all the time and explain the reasons why I like it so much.
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      Callan
      Wisconsin
      United States
      8 years ago
      Outstanding My favorite plant, I recommend to others all the time and explain the reasons why I like it so much.
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      zpegdci
      Arizona
      United States
      8 years ago
      Marginally Adequate Performed below expectations but may be willing to try again.
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      vbshyxrbha
      Massachusetts
      United States
      8 years ago
      Marginally Adequate Performed below expectations but may be willing to try again.
    • Russell Studebaker
      Iowa
      United States
      8 years ago
      Outstanding My favorite plant, I recommend to others all the time and explain the reasons why I like it so much.
  • 29 Awards

    Award Year Award Plant Trial
    2013 Top Performer Erie Basin Marina
    2012 Top Performer University of Tennessee - Knoxville
    2012 Top Perfomer University of Wisconsin
    2012 Gold Medal Winner Champaign County Illinois Master Gardener Idea Garden
    2012 Top Performer University of Minnesota - Morris
    2012 Top Performer in Containers University of Minnesota - Grand Rapids
    2012 Top Performer Ohio State University Extension - Springfield
    2012 Top Perfomer Texas A & M - East Texas Bedding Plant Trial
    2012 Top Performer Massachusetts Horticultural Society at Elm Bank
    2012 Top Performer Oklahoma State University Botanical Gardens
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