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Surfinia

Exuberant Surfinia

Surfinia is a particular pendulous petunia, obtained from the hybridization of two cultivars, Petunia Nyctaginiflora and Petunia Violacea. It is a very common plant in Italy, because of easy cultivation and incredible charm: from the shrub many large flowers develop, with an elegant shape and bright colors that are a strong point for any garden or green space. Not surprisingly, in the language of flowers, Surfinia is a symbol of love that cannot be hidden, just like the beauty of this plant. Surfinia is one of the most suitable plants not only for growing in gardens, but also for decorating small spaces such as balconies and terraces in a natural way, precisely because in a small space it is able to release a lot of beauty. For an even more fascinating effect,surfinie of different colors: as they grow up, the flowers will mix naturally, for a truly irresistible and decorative two-tone bouquet, which perhaps reflects the main colors of the interior or exterior space furnishings.

Cultivation


The cultivation of Surfinia is easy even for those who do not have a strong green thumb: the plant offers its splendid colors even in less than optimal conditions. Although individual cultivars may have different needs, in general Surfinia is a plant that requires good exposure to sunlight, although it is better to avoid direct light. Rain and bad weather will hardly ruin the flowers of Surfinia, which instead fears excessive wind and too cold winters. In winter it is therefore advisable to protect the plant with material that still allows the right ventilation and the passage of light or to transfer it in closed and sheltered environments. Similar speech also applies to soil characteristics: the Surfinia adapts to any type of terrain, but a fertile and not very calcareous substratum will allow a more luxuriant and abundant flowering. Watering must be abundant and frequent, even several times a day in the hottest months, trying, however, to avoid excessive water stagnation, harmful to the plant. In spring and summer, when the Surfinia is preparing for flowering, it is possible to add a good fertilizer to the watering water, approximately every ten days, especially if the soil is not very rich in nutrients for the plant. Proper and careful care will be rewarded with abundant flowering, in the period between June and late October. trying, however, to avoid excessive water stagnation, which is harmful to the plant. In spring and summer, when the Surfinia is preparing for flowering, it is possible to add a good fertilizer to the watering water, approximately every ten days, especially if the soil is not very rich in nutrients for the plant. Proper and careful care will be rewarded with abundant flowering, in the period between June and late October. trying, however, to avoid excessive water stagnation, which is harmful to the plant. In spring and summer, when the Surfinia is preparing for flowering, it is possible to add a good fertilizer to the watering water, approximately every ten days, especially if the soil is not very rich in nutrients for the plant. Proper and careful care will be rewarded with abundant flowering, in the period between June and late October.

Reproduction and pruning


The reproduction of Surfinia is extremely simple and can take place by cutting or by seed. In the first case, a branch will be cut which, placed in the ground, will root in a short time, while in the second case it will be sufficient to bury the seeds in a soil suitable for the development of the plant and sufficiently fertile. The Surfinia will thus guarantee rapid growth and ample development, to be contained and controlled with adequate pruning that will serve to eliminate dry and now unproductive branches and to strengthen the plant. The best time to prune is summer, approximately in July, to favor a second flowering. The branches can be cut to about half of their length to favor the appearance of new shoots; during the regeneration period it is advisable to reduce the frequency of watering, to then resume with the usual regularity once the shoots have sprouted. Pruning is also important to ensure the right lighting and ventilation to the internal fronds, favoring the development of all the flowers and making sure that they have adequate nourishment available.

Diseases and parasites


Although Surfinia is a very resistant plant, care must be taken so that diseases that can kill the crop do not spread. The main external agents capable of seriously damaging the plant are aphids, small parasites that manifest themselves with white spots on the leaves and flowers. The aphids cause a slowdown in growth and ruin the flowers, only to eventually lead to the death of the plant if fully colonized. It is therefore important to identify the colony at the onset of the attack, in order to eliminate the presence of parasites effectively. If the colony is just beginning and in a localized area it will be sufficient to eliminate the small affected part; otherwise it will be important to resort to chemical control with specific products to ensure that the aphids are completely eradicated. The most likely period of attack by aphids or other parasites is spring, when the plants resume their vegetative cycle. Withered flowers or slowed growth can also be signs of incorrect cultivation conditions, while the presence of stagnant water can cause root rot, or on the contrary a too dry soil can cause the plant to dry out. Guaranteeing the optimal conditions for growth will be the solution, while observing the conditions of the plant will be the main alarm bell against any problem it may have. when the plants resume their vegetative cycle. Withered flowers or slowed growth can also be signs of incorrect cultivation conditions, while the presence of stagnant water can cause root rot, or on the contrary a too dry soil can cause the plant to dry out. Guaranteeing the optimal conditions for growth will be the solution, while observing the conditions of the plant will be the main alarm bell against any problem it may have. when the plants resume their vegetative cycle. Withered flowers or slowed growth can also be signs of incorrect cultivation conditions, while the presence of stagnant water can cause root rot, or on the contrary a too dry soil can cause the plant to dry out. Guaranteeing the optimal conditions for growth will be the solution, while observing the conditions of the plant will be the main alarm bell against any problem it may have.

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