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Million Bells & Supertunia: A “Must Have” In Containers & Baskets


Supertunia – ” The Queen of Petunias” Supertunias bloom from early spring until frost, with a slight fragrance especially late in the afternoon and early evening. To really show off in their trailing habit, place them in a hanging basket or container, as a ground cover on a slope, or cascading over a wall. In containers, feed them weekly or every two weeks with an all purpose fertilizer to promote continuous bloom. With their funnel-shaped flowers, they are sure to attract hummingbirds and butterflies. No dead-heading required and once established, they will tolerate dry conditions. They like full sun, have a vigorous growth habit and are pet friendly. They come in a wide range of colors, including red, white, and blue for your Memorial Day and Fourth of July decorating, as well as pink.

Million Bells

Calibrachoa (Million Bells)- Resembles mini petunias, with plants covered in hundreds of blooms from spring to fall. Long branches of flowers cascade over the sides of baskets and containers, attracting butterflies and hummingbirds. Million Bells is “self-cleaning”–no deadheading needed, the old flowers just drop from the plant. For best results, grow in full sun and fertilize at least every two weeks throughout the growing season. Million Bells also come in a wide range of colors!

Stephanie Fleming was raised at Behnke’s Nurseries in Beltsville. Her Mom, Sonja, was one of Albert & Rose Behnke’s four children. She was weeding from the moment she could walk and hiding as soon as she was old enough to run, so many weeds, so little time. Although she quickly learned how to pull out a perennial and get taken off of weed pulling duty.

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