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PostPosted: Sat Jul 11, 2015 11:18 am 
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I have grown Surfinia Petunias for many years but this year the ones I bought from Gardening Direct have a problem. The flowers are small, stunted and appear not to be opening properly. I am used to massive displays of large flowers and these are giving nothing like that.

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These are pics of plants bought from another source and they are behaving as I would expect. Anyone having similar problems or any ideas?

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PostPosted: Sat Jul 11, 2015 3:32 pm 
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My first question is what verity it the first pic.
I have never used that company before.
The the second question is do they get same treatment feed and waterways the other pots.
If all is ths same then I would say it is either the veriaty of the plant of that they have a virus.
I have grown about 400 petunias and surfinias this year and not one plant has done what ur first pic has done.


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I am having trouble with two varieties from the same source, Hot Pink and Cerise. Seven of the twelve plants I bought from G D have the problem, none of the other twelve bought from a different source are showing it. All have been treated the same. The first and second pics asre the same variety bought from different sources.

I have used G D for years and never had a problem before. I am trying to discover if other growers are having a similar problem.

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So is it a mix of plants from the same batch you brought, or is it the whole batch from the one supplier.
If it is the hole batch that has done the same thing then there could quite possibley be a mix up of hybrids got sown or sent to you. the Only reason i say this is that the plants are healthy but look a bit like some of the strange hybrids that have the ruffeled flowers.
As I have a had a few plants that are in batches this year in the nursery that have flowered competley different, but these have been raised by cutting so it would have been a mistake back at the suppiler.
But most commercial Nurseries that grow on the scale that you would be ordering from it could have been a mix up in lableing of seed and you have been sent a wrong hybrid.
But if it is not every plant from the batch you could just be sitting on a mutant plants form that hybrid.
Hope this helps.


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