Tidal Wave® Red Velour Spreading Petunia
As the name implies Tidal Wave Red Velour Spreading Petunia offers dark red flowers that appear as if crafted of rich velour. This 12 to 24 inch tall dense canopied petunia spreads to 30 to 60 inches in width. Flowering is greatest from early spring to early summer and if well-tended can survive our summers and return for significant fall bloom. Tidal Wave Red Velour combines well with its earlier designated fellow Texas Superstars® Tidal Wave Silver Spreading Petunia (P. x hybrida ‘PAS97287’) and Tidal Wave Cherry Spreading Petunia (P. x hybrida ‘PAS91421’) to offer great seasonal waves of Texas tough color.
Exposure: Full sun exposure is best for floral display; partial shade may help in over-summering plants.
Size: Height — typically 12 - 24 inches; Spread — 30 - 60 inches
Plant type: Typically grown as a fall (southern) or early spring (northern) cool to transition season annuals, but plants can be short-term perennials in USDA Hardiness Zone 8b. Summer temperatures can be limiting in warmer portions of the state, but Tidal Wave Red Velour is more tolerant of heat than most petunias.
Planting time: Best in late winter or early spring in northern portions of our region once past severe freezes. Plants can be planted in late fall for periodic winter display in the warmer portions of the state. Growth in patio pots and containers is vigorous and will benefit from occasional shearing.
Soil type: Almost any well drained soil; petunias benefit from regular fertilization.
Suggested uses: Tidal Wave Red Velour Spreading Petunia can be used as a bedding, specimen, or an accent plant in mixed borders; plants are also effective in containers, hanging baskets, and window boxes.
Special notes: With adequate high quality irrigation water and a good fertility program, flowering can be maintained throughout the growing season in much of the state. Afternoon shade will help with summer endurance in warmer portions of the region.
Additional information in this AgriLife Today article.