Supertunia Vista Bubblegum petunias (also called Bubblegum petunias) are beautiful and versatile plants for adding color to those sunny spots on your property.
Whether you are planting your Bubblegum petunias in landscape or in a container, these plants will perform the best when cared for properly.
Here are 6 tips to keep in mind when planting and caring for your Bubblegum petunia in a hanging basket.
1. Place the hanging basket in a sunny spot
One of the best features of the Bubblegum petunia are its abundant blooms. Don’t lose this beauty by placing your hanging basket in a shady spot at your home.
Similar to the popular Wave petunias, Supertunia Vista Bubblegum petunias need at least 6 hours of sunlight to perform at their best. For some trees, the combination of morning and afternoon sun can meet this need, but be sure to keep an eye on this early on.
If the basket of Bubblegum petunias isn’t flowering much or looks unhealthy, it may be a sign that the plants need more sun.
2. Don’t overcrowd your basket with plants
If you are planting your Bubblegum petunia plants in a hanging basket yourself, you’ll want to plant no more than 5 plants for a large hanging basket (12″ to 14″ hanging basket).
We plant a maximum of 3 Supertunia Vista Bubblegum plants in a 12″ hanging basket. Due to their vigorous growth, this is certainly enough to make a striking display. Supertunias and wave petunias are similar in this way.
If you do plant more Bubblegum petunias in your basket (or your purchase a basket with more than 3 Supertunias), you’ll just want to make sure you are fertilizing and watering the plant enough. Growing in a basket limits the plants’ resources significantly, so the more plants that are battling for these resources, the higher the importance to keep them fed!
3. Plant with slow-release fertilizer
Since the need for a consisten supply of nutrients is so important, we recommend growing your hanging basket of Bubblegum petunias with slow release fertilizer.
Slow-release fertilizer can be applied with small pebbles in the potting soil. These pebbles break down over the summer and slowly release fertilizer for the plants.
We always plant our hanging baskets with slow release fertilizer pebbles, but also recommend that the hanging basket is fertilized additionally as well (water soluble fertilizer is fine).
The slow release pebbles will help the plants along during periods when its not being fertilized and the additional fertilizer will help the plant prosper.
4. Strategically arrange the plants in the hanging basket
Bubblegum petunias are major spreaders, spreading up to 4 feet long!
You can take advantage of this spread by planting the Bubblegum petunias around the perimeter of the basket. This way, the plant’s vines will cascade over the basket’s rim nicely and give the basket a nice full look.
5. Be careful before planting them with other plants
Supertunia Vista Bubblegum petunias are some of the most vigorous growing annuals. Planting them with other annuals in a small area (e.g., a hanging basket) will likely result in the Supertunia plants overcoming the other plants.
If you are planting just one Supertunia Vista Bubblegum plant in your hanging basket and you want to add some variety, make sure to plant another vigorous growing annual.
Any other Supertunia Vista or Supertunia plant will be fine. Grasses can also be used to add to height in the center of the basket.
6. Plant them early
Since Bubblegum petunias are vigorous growers, why not enjoy that beautiful full plant as long as possible?
Unlike other annuals that you need to be careful before planting them outside too early, a well-hardened off Bubblegum petunia can be ready to be planted in its hanging basket outside as early as mid-March (in PA).
The added benefit of growing the Supertunia Vista Bubblegum in a hanging basket is that it can be brought inside overnight if there is a spring cold snap out of nowhere.
Supertunia Vista Bubblegum plants are a popular flower choice for growing in hanging baskets for a reason — their vigorous growth and striking display of flowers make them a favorite among many growers.
The next time you are growing these plants in a hanging basket, keep in mind our tips for healthy growth.