Plantidote of the Day 2011-05-31
Pretty Much Picasso hybrid
It must be fun to be a plant hybridizer and experiment with new varieties. Looking at this newly developed petunia, I have to wonder if there were other versions along the way that didn't make the cut -- like a mottled purple/green or a mostly green with a purple center that the marketing people decided wouldn't sell. I'd love to see the "outtakes" from this effort!
But back to Pretty Much Picasso. This is a non-GMO, sun-lover that's considered an annual, except in mild-winter areas like Zones 10 and 11. The flowers are small, maybe 1 1/2" across, but there are a lot of them and they seem to last for weeks. In spite of the small flower size, these plants are considered "vigorous" growers, so they need room to spread out , either in a container, hanging basket or garden.
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