Posted by Pat on August 06, 2002 at 04:37:50:
In Reply to: petunias posted by Barbara on July 21, 2002 at 11:20:11:
: I purchased beautiful petunias which, although they were watered every day, appeared to be drying up and ultimately died, one by one. I spoke to a local plant man who advised me not to water them in the evening but rather, to water them early in the morning. I complied with his advice, however, they all continued to die. Please advise me as to the best time to water petunias. Also, should I be pinching off each flower as it completes its blooming stage to make room for new flowers. Thanks for your help.
You have to cut the stem behind the flower so a seed pod does not form. The purpose of the flower is to be pollinated and to make a seed. Once the seeds are grown the plant dies. If you keep cutting off the dead flowers it will keep making new ones to make sure there are seeds. I water mine either in the morning or in the evening.