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Meet the 2024 Annual of the Year

Meet the 2024 Annual of the Year

By Heather Blackmore for Proven Winners®
Photographs courtesy of Proven Winners®

Meet the 2024 Annual of the Year™ from Proven Winners: Supertunia Vista® Jazzberry® petunia!

From show-stopping containers in sunny locations to sun-drenched borders begging for blankets of blooms, this easy-care annual delivers in a big way. You might already know its pink-flowered sister, Supertunia Vista® Bubblegum®. You’ll be happy to know that you can expect the same from this new award winner, but in a vivid shade of electric magenta purple.

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Supertunia Vista Jazzberry’s flowers are so prolific that they completely bury the foliage. Since the plants don’t produce seeds, they bloom non-stop from spring to frost without having to spend your summer picking off the spent blossoms. Couple that with good heat tolerance and an overall low-maintenance vibe and you have a plant capable of captivating an audience.   

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Supertunia Vista® Jazzberry® Petunia at a Glance:

  • Prolific, electric magenta purple flowers from spring to frost
  • Self-cleaning – no need to spend your summer picking off spent flowers
  • Versatile in large upright containers, hanging baskets and landscape plantings
  • Pollinator friendly – attracts butterflies and hummingbirds
  • Shows great heat tolerance compared to many petunias
  • Handles all-day sun like a champ

Try These 3 Container Recipes

Take your hanging baskets, deck containers and window boxes to the next level with this flowering powerhouse. Plant Supertunia Vista® Jazzberry® alone or with other full sun-loving annuals like Rockin’® salvia and Superbena® verbena for instant appeal.

One important thing to keep in mind when growing Supertunia Vista petunias in containers is that they quickly grow to become massive plants. It’s not uncommon for them to overtake their planting partners if you pair them with those that are less vigorous. Some judicious pruning can help to keep them in check. You’ll also want to use a large container that provides plenty of root space. Smaller containers tend to dry out quickly, and your Supertunia Vista petunias won’t reach their potential if that happens.

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Recipe: Reaching New Heights - Looking for a purple-y pop with some fireworks on top? Make a statement with this recipe in containers or the landscape. It works especially well in self-watering AquaPots® and is best grown in four or more hours of afternoon sun per day.

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Recipe: Candy Sticks - I dare you not to smile when you look at this happy recipe! Try it in large deck pots, hanging baskets and window boxes where it receives at least six hours of sun per day.

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Recipe: Jazz Dance - If pollinator paradise is your garden vibe, this hot pink and purple number is the perfect jam. Planted in full sun either in containers or the landscape, word will spread quickly among your winged garden companions.

Prefer to Grow Petunias in the Ground? Try This Jazzy Landscape Recipe

Got a sunny spot to fill in the landscape? Petunias will grow there too provided the soil is well-drained and not too alkaline. (If you garden in heavy clay and/or alkaline soil, plant your petunias in containers instead.) For sandy soils, it’s a good idea to amend the soil with compost or garden soil when you plant.

Remember to sprinkle some Proven Winners Continuous Release Plant Food in the planting hole to get your petunias off to the best start. Space the plants 18 to 32 inches apart and they will meld together beautifully as they grow.

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Included in this landscape for full sun, from back to front:

  • Angelface® Wedgewood Blue Angelonia
  • Supertunia Vista® Jazzberry® Petunia
  • Superbena® Whiteout™ Verbena

Help Your Supertunias Hit the High Notes with These Quick Care Tips

If you want to grow amazing petunias, there are three things you’ll want to get right: light, water and feeding. If you want to take it a step further, they’ll also love a haircut now and then. Here are the details you’ll need to succeed.

Light: For best flowering and overall performance, plant your Supertunia petunias in full sun, meaning a place where they will receive six or more hours of sunlight per day. A part sun location that receives four to six hours of direct sun will work too provided some of it is afternoon light. Petunias are not shade loving plants.

Water: Water your petunias consistently so the soil stays moist, but not wet. They tend to become leggy and unattractive if you let them dry out too often. An easy way to make sure they always have adequate moisture is to grow them in self-watering AquaPots® or to install WaterWise® drip irrigation.

Feeding: Petunias are hungry plants, so keep them lush and colorful all season by feeding them regularly. We recommend mixing Proven Winners Continuous Release Plant Food in with the soil when you plant to provide a slow, steady supply of nutrients. Additionally, do your best to feed your petunias with Proven Winners Water Soluble Plant Food every third time you water or once per week throughout the growing season to optimize their performance. Always follow the rates listed on the packaging when using plant food.

Trimming: As hard as it may be to do, petunias love a good trim now and then. Limp, leggy stems are a good indicator that your plant is ready for a “haircut.” Trimming them up by as much as one third in midsummer and early fall encourages the plant to form new growth and more flowers. Follow up with a good drink of water soluble plant food. That jolt of instant energy will help support the new growth. Within 10 to 14 days, you will be rewarded with a much fuller, colorful plant.

Heat and Cold Tolerance: Supertunia petunias grow well throughout much of North America and are surprisingly tolerant of both heat and cold. In most climates, people plant them in the spring and enjoy them right up through the first early frosts in the fall. If you garden in an extreme southern climate, try planting Supertunias in the fall and enjoy them until the following summer.

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Patent Information: Supertunia Vista® Jazzberry® Petunia USPPAF CanPBRAF; Angelface® Wedgwood Blue Angelonia USPP31178 Can6282; Superbena® Whiteout™ Verbena USPP30897 Can6301

Heather Blackmore is a Chicago-area gardener, writer and speaker who hopes her passion will inspire others to find their way to a happier, healthier life in the garden.

All articles are copyrighted and remain the property of the author.

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