If you’re an enthusiastic stargazer, this news is for you! Night sky petunias are a magnificent species of flowers that will literally transform your home garden to a planetarium.
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These flowers are also called Petunia cultivars or Galaxy flowers. Although the dark, deep purple color of this flower is enough to attract anyone’s attention, it’s the light-colored intricate patches on the petals that give them their name. These white speckles are beautifully surrounded by lighter purple, then dark or blackish purple, giving them a radiant and sparkly nature.
The patterns are randomly distributed in the flowers, making each and every flower unique.
It has been found that the color of these flowers depends on the temperature, so it’s possible to manually control the color by varying the temperature to suit our needs. While warmer temperatures cause the deep purple color to thrive, cooler temperatures are favorable for lighter colors, exposing the white patterns more.
These plants are not very delicate, and they generally bloom from the beginning of May until the end of summer. Best grown in sunny areas with moist, well-drained soil, petunias are perfect for hanging baskets and containers.
Growth and maintenance of petunias are pretty easy because due to being heat tolerant, there’s no need to water them regularly. Thorough weekly watering is sufficient.
Despite being a new flower species, these gorgeous flowers are very much affordable. While Amazon sells a pack of seeds for about $15, they’re also well-stocked at all kinds of garden centers.
So consider growing these wonderful flowers, and share your attempts of creating a galactic garden with the hashtag #nightskypetunia.
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