My super petunia hanging plant is loaded with little green aphids and I need to find out the best way to get rid of them. I've tried a product called Safer Insect Killing soap but it does not seem to help. Also, the leaves of the plant are also covered with loads of white colored slivers of something. Are these dead aphids?
Yes, dead aphid body exoskeletons. Homemade remedy, soapy water, sprayed daily for 3 weeks. Neem oil or other insecticide labeled for both petunias and aphids...used according to package directions. Good luck, they are bad little buggers!
1) Why do petunias develop sticky leaves? 2) Does rosemary need fertilizing?
Petunias have naturally sticky leaves and stems, so don't panic, this is normal. As for fertilizing rosemary plants, I would actually recommend not fertilizing a rosemary. Rosemary and many drought tolerant herbs actually grow with a stronger and better flavor if not fertilized.
I live in Mercer Co, WV (southern tip of WV) and I would like to know the best time to plant annuals, petunias, etc. I've heard somewhere between May 15 and 20. Plants are expensive and I don't want to take any chances. I don't mind covering them up at night if weather gets bad. I'm also planting a Mandevilla and wanted to know if these are perennials or an annual.
Since your zone is 6a-6b, planting annuals should be safe after May 15. Mandevilla is a tender annual. This article should help with growing the plant: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/vines/mandevilla/mandevilla-plant.htm
I purchased Supertunia Giant Pink for my flower box. They are loaded with blooms, but all the stems seem to be growing in an upright position, as if they're reaching for the sky. I'm hoping they'll eventually overflow (cascade) out of the flower box. Will this eventually happen or did I purchase the wrong kind of petunia variety?
Are they getting plenty of light? Without enough light, they will be more leggy and act this way. These are, in fact, a trailing type petunia and should begin cascading over the rim of your flower box. You can try pinching the growing tips to make it more bushy, which should help it quit growing up.
I water these potted plants almost every day, since the soil seems to dry out quickly. I use Miracle Gro about once a week.
You're using too much fertilizer; plants in pots need to be treated very differently from plants in the ground.. Fertilizer should be used at 1/2 or 1/4 strength, and no more than once a month. You can run water through the pot (5 times the volume of soil) to wash out excess salt, which comes from a build up of unused fertilizer, and don't fertilize again for 2 or 3 months. Also it would probably be good to increase the light if you can. Potted petunias need several hours of sun a day, if ;possible.
My petunias were beautiful. I water them daily and deadhead them, and even cut them back but now the heat is on and they're looking bad. I don't know what I'm doing wrong. The leaves are dying at the base and they're wilty looking. Can you give me some advice?
Here in Florida, petunias are only a spring flower, because they can't take the heat. If you've had a lot of heat there, this could be your problem. Also you could be watering too much, if the soil is not extremely well drained (read no "moisture retentive" products in it.) Here's an article on petunia problems for your consideration: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/flowers/petunia/problems-with-petunias.htm
These little holes start out small but they ultimately get larger and end up destroying the beautiful flowers. Then whatever it is starts to go after the entire plant.
The most likely culprit is budworms. This article discusses them: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/plant-problems/pests/insects/controlling-budworms.htm