June 11, 2011
My little sister got a Blanket Flower and wants it to last longer than her petunias did, which lasted 2 months. We wanted to know what sort of special attention it needs or if it’s just a more laid-back type of flower. Also, there were little red ants in her petunia flower pot when we took out the soil. We were wondering if the ants might have caused the petunias to die so quickly. Or maybe it was just the hot Texas sun.
June 17, 2011
For the petunias, likely it was a little of the sun and a little of the ants. Petunias need plenty of water under hot sun and if they were not watered 2-3 times a day, depending on the heat, they would have died more quickly. The ants tunneling through the roots would have sped this along.
Blanket flowers are more drought tolerant than petunias, but if you have them in a pot, I would recommend that you water them at least daily for optimal growth,