A half-hardy herbaceous perennial, 1-2 ft. highj succeeding in light loam and leaf-mouldnot too rich. Propagate by seed sown in heat in March. Named varieties can only be increased by cuttings in the autumn in a warm greenhouse. Culture.Prick out early, and pot off the seedlings singly, or, if for bedding, prick out into boxes, harden off, and plant out in May. If for greenhouse culture, grow the young plants steadily on and transfer to their flowering-pots in May. Uses.Petunias are useful for bedding in hot, dry positions where few other plants would flourish. They are also well adapted for furnishing hanging – baskets, and grow to perfection as pot plants in conservatory or greenhouse. They bloom practically all the summer. Varieties.Named sorts are not so much m vogue as they used to be, but choice strains of seed are sold by specialists. The following may be particularly noted : Browns Purple Strain, Carters Empress, Carters New Marbled Purple King, also species such as Concordia and hybrids, grandiflora and variegata.J. L. G. New Variety. Petunia Purple King.This bears deep violet-purple double flowers.
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