Flash Mob Bluerific petunia offers rare color and
a dazzling performance all summer.
may associate flash mobs with dazzling music
performances in the least-expected public places, but
now you had better get used to sizzling displays of
Flash Mobs in the gardens.
been a couple of years since the stunning Flash Mob
Bluerific petunia made its debut in the gardening world,
and its rare color coupled with its dynamite performance
over a long hot summer has everyone clamoring for more.
spreading petunia offers a morn-type pattern paired with
the coolest of blues offered in the horticultural world.
It is a vegetatively propagated selection that will
reach from 10 to 16 inches tall with a spread of 20 to
30 inches. Not only does I -offer an incredible show in
containers and baskets, but it is also superb as a
pocket plant or clustered as an informal sweep in the
was just the first of several Flash Mob petunias. This
year you will find Flash Mob Magentacular, Flash Mob
Redtastic and Flash Mob Pinkceptional ĖĖ all with
the same habit and vigor, and deep saturated colors
giving way to the light morn center.
matter which Flash Mob you choose, select a site in full
sun. This is a location with at least six hours of sun
daily if you want to have beds that will stop traffic.
They will grow adequately in part shade, but they will
not bloom as well.
wonderful as these new petunias are, donít expect
green-thumb success without proper bed preparation. Take
the time to work in 3 to 4 inches of organic matter and
till to a depth of about 8 inches. As you do this, add
about 2 pounds of a slow-release fertilizer per 100
square feet. I prefer a 12-6-6 formula with minor
nutrients, but thatís just me. The petunias will never
know the difference if itís something close or
balanced, but do use a slow-release form of nitrogen. Itís
a good idea to give them a light application of
fertilizer about once a month during the growing season.
planting, water deeply and apply a good layer of mulch.
In trials, these petunias have yielded superior bloom
production from June until September from the north to
the hot humid south. So finishing the job with mulch
will pay dividends by keeping out weeds, moderating soil
temperatures and preventing moisture loss through
your Flash Mob petunias about 20 inches apart to allow
for the showiest display. You will be surprised how
quickly you will achieve a solid mass. Plant them
boldly in informal drifts or sweeps to make a landscape
impact. Combine them with other tough summer survivors
like lantanas, verbenas and salvias. Use them in large
mixed designer containers, and let them tumble gently
over the rims.
petunia market is tough with a lot of choices but
hopefully your progressive garden center will give you
the opportunity to try this new generation of petunias
with the trendy catchy name, Flash Mob, and a dazzling