Petchoa

Bored with the latest and showiest Calibrachoas and Petunias? Even with their new fancy colors and improved habit? I’ve got your cure: Petchoa. A season on these will have you elated in grateful relief of those Petunia dull-drums. Noted perfectly by Proven Winners: “SuperCal is nothing short of the BEST ANNUAL we’ve ever seen for hanging baskets, window boxes, and tall flowerpots.”

Petchoa, a cross between Calibrachoa and Petunia. Scientifically called Petunia (Inter-generic hybrid), they like full sun, but do quite well in afternoon shade.

What makes Petchoa so easy to grow? They flower early and tolerate heat. They don’t stop for a minute early or late in season. Like Calibrachoa, they are self-cleaning, so you get the bigger flowers like Petunias, but they don’t require dead-heading. Who has time for that?

How big do they get? Approximately 12″ tall x 15″ wide

What about their habit? Trailing, of course

Are they tough? Absolutely!

Do they come in a variety of colors? Yes, and the colors available aren’t bad…pretty much covers the spectrum, with many vibrant and interesting colors to choose from.

Results from our trials

Our test gardens featured several SuperCal® Petchoa bred by Sakata, who is adept at releasing new varieties. All of the SuperCals we tested performed remarkably well.

 SuperCal® Terra Cotta Petchoa – Rich sunset colors 
PetchuaTerra Cotta Upclose
PetchuaTerraCotta Combo trixienightfall

SuperCal® Salmon Glow Petchoa – Light creamy peach ruffled flowers (another favorite)

Petchoa salmon glow

SuperCal® Blue Petchoa –  dark purple flowers filled out the pots quickly and lasted throughout the season without letting up

SuperCal® Blue Petchoa

SuperCal® Velvet Petchoa – Nice dark fuchsia color with an a black eye, even grew ok in the worse of conditions

SuperCal® Velvet Petchoa

Petchuas mixes below:

Petchua Terra Cotta & Salmon Glow HB
Petchua Terra Cotta & Salmon Glow in a hanging basket
Petchua Terra Cotta & Salmon Glow Basket
Petchua Terra Cotta & Salmon Glow in a wall basket mixed with Sedum & Bacopa

 

 

Calibrachoa RED FOX Hula Orange

Every season it seems that I manage to plant at least one ugly basket. I shake my head wondering “what did I do wrong”? Luckily plants like Calibrachoa RED FOX Hula Orange gives me back my confidence!

Calibrachoa Hula Orange Flowers

No matter what I do with it, this Calibrachoa is fabulous! As a matter of fact, it triggers a good mood for me, actually causing my happiness meter to skyrocket. With scrumptious bi-colored flowers meandering in all the right directions Calibrachoa Hula Orange easily prevailed over the other varieties I planted this season. If you think it’s because of the unique color patterns, you’re reading my mind.

Calibrachoa Hula Orange Up Close

Gaining status in horticultural circles for it’s mounding and partially trailing habit, Calibrachoa Hula Orange is anything but wall flower status. It interacts well with other plants, rescuing the oh-so-boring combos and because of the lovely habit and dramatic colors, anyone can easily coordinate with it.

Mixed Annual Basked
Calibrachoa Hula Orange In Mixed Basket

For those who like to keep things simple, plant Calibrachoa Hula Orange alone for a pleasant surprise.

Calibrachoa Hula Orange
Calibrachoa Hula Orange In Terra Cotta Container

Non-stop flowers from the day you bring it home means no waiting around for it to make a dramatic impact either. Next I can’t wait to try the new Calibrachoa in Dümmen’s Series RED FOX Hula Soft Pink. With a Lavender Hoop around a violet center and a yellow throat, it’s sure to please even the pickiest gardeners.