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Dear Long Island Gardener,

I have 8-in hanging basket, how many wave petunia should i plant in the basket? whether one plant will make a full hanging basket?

Best ragerds,
Hoa

Answer
For quick results, put 2-3 plants in the basket and transplant as the basket fills out.

Note that Waves, like all Petunias, need full sun to bloom and grow.

You cannot compensate by fertilizing them or watering or talking to them.  They need sunlight.

The more sun you give them in their baskets, the faster they will fill in.  Be sure to pinch (prune) the tips to encourage side growth (and more flowers).

But even with no care at all, foolproof Waves are guaranteed to bloom with abandon.

P.S. - DO NOT FERTILIZE.  

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Decisions, decisions... If you can't make up your mind which Annuals to grow, you're not alone. Problem with your new flowering Annuals flats? I`ve been there, done that. Petunias, Sweet Alyssum, Larkspur, Marine Blue Lobelia -- they all grow here at my house on Garden Street on Long Island, N.Y.. Cutting and Cottage Gardens, Sun and Shade Gardens, White Gardens and Night Gardens, I`ve done them all. Annuals are the perfect summer flower, bursting with color June through fall's first frost. I can`t speak on Cactus or tender Tropical Plants -- they don`t grow outside in my Zone 7. I`m no Farmer, so I cannot guide you on Fruits and Vegetables. But whether it`s an Annual you want to start from seed, mail-order or pick up at your local garden center, I can help you grow amazing blooms this Summer. Yes, together, we can turn your neighbors green with envy.

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I have a lifetime of gardening behind me here on the North Shore of Long Island. While I have degrees in related fields, there's nothing like hands-on work to build real knowledge. I stay on top of current science -- there's a boom in research, and Kingdom Plantae is filled with surprises. By the way, I really do live on Garden Street.

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B.A., botany; graduate credits in European Intellectual History and Political Science; minor coursework in related fields, docent training at our local botanical gardens (required for volunteers). I'm currently working on an advanced biochemistry degree.

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