Petchoa Plant Features
Petchoas are beautiful sun-loving annual flowers for sun. They're relatively new plants on the market, so a lot of gardeners haven't heard of them before. Grow petchoas and you can be a trend setter! These flowers are gaining popularity because they're easy to grow and offer beautiful petunia-like flowers in a stunning range of colors. Happily, they don't suffer from some of the problems that their old-fashioned cousins do.
Most petchoa varieties have a mounding or trailing shape, making them versatile and perfect for both container gardens and landscaping. In pots, use them as lovely filler plants to add color and texture, or as spiller plants, to cascade over the side of the container. You can also use them to perfect effect in hanging baskets.
If you have questions about how to grow petchoas, just drop us an email. Our flower gardening experts are happy to help!
Petchoa Growing Instructions
Grow petchoas in full sun (at least six to eight hours of direct light a day). They can tolerate some partial shade, but they won't bloom as well and are more likely to get lanky, unattractive stems without enough sun. Like most flowering annuals (including petunias and calibrachoas, to which they're related), petchoas prefer moist, well-drained soil rich in organic matter if you grow them in gardens. In containers, choose a potting mix designed for use in pots. Water them regularly to keep them from wilting -- but take care not to overwater. The soil should never stay wet or soggy, otherwise the roots could rot.
Fertilize petchoas regularly during the growing season or make it easy on yourself and use a slow-release fertilizer at planting time. Slow-release fertilizers deliver a little bit of nutrients to the soil each time you water and you only need to apply them once a season.
You typically don't need to worry about pinching or pruning petchoas to keep them pretty, through you can if you'd like to encourage more compact growth.
Note: Petchoas aren't intended for human or animal consumption.
Orange, Pink, Purple, Red, Yellow
Medium water needs
Complement your Petchoa with these varieties:
Create fun, tropical-looking container gardens by planting small banana plants with petchoa.
Cosmos is another easy-to-grow annual flower for sun that has old-fashioned appeal. The two combine beautifully to create a cottage-garden look.
Lovely dahlias, especially medium-height varieties, are perfect for adding extra interest to petchoas.
Varieties: Our Favorites
Petchoa 'SuperCal Blue'
SuperCal Blue petchoa thrives in garden beds, borders, hanging baskets, window boxes, and container gardens. It offers lots of purple-blue flowers on a mounding/trailing plant that grows 12 inches tall and 18 inches across.
Petchoa 'SuperCal Blushing Pink'
SuperCal Blushing Pink is a delightful variety that has a ton of soft pink flowers and grows about 12 inches tall and 18 inches wide.
Petchoa 'SuperCal Cherry'
SuperCal Cherry blooms profusely with a plethora of hot, cherry-pink flowers on a mounding plant that grows about 12 inches tall and 18 inches wide.
Petchoa 'SuperCal Light Yellow'
SuperCal Light Yellow petchoa offers soft, golden-yellow blooms profusely from spring to fall on a mounding plant that grows 12 inches tall and 18 inches wide. It was a top performer in our Trial Garden.
Petchoa 'SuperCal Pink'
SuperCal Pink offers clear pink flowers and a full, mounding form making it ideal in container gardens, window boxes, hanging baskets, and lining walkways. SuperCal Pink grows 14 inches tall and wide.
Petchoa 'SuperCal Purple'
Bearing bold, blue-purple flowers all summer and fall, SuperCal Purple is perfect for containers, hanging baskets, and beds and borders.
Petchoa 'SuperCal Vanilla Blush'
Growing about 14 inches tall and wide, SuperCal Vanilla Blush bears pink-blushed soft yellow flowers that have a metallic sheen.