Can petunias survive a South Louisiana winter?

South Louisiana

A query for Dan Gill: I not too long ago moved from the south shore to the Mandeville space. I’ve all the time planted petunias in late October or early November. Nonetheless, after I went to a neighborhood nursery, I used to be advised that petunias do not final by way of winter on the North Shore as a result of it will get too chilly. They really useful pansies as a substitute. I needed to listen to your ideas on this. — Melinda Dahmer

Reply: Within the fall, gardeners efficiently plant petunias all throughout southLouisiana, together with Baton Rouge, Hammond, Lafayette and Mandeville/Covington. The analysis completed on the Supertunia Vista Bubblegum petunia, a Louisiana Tremendous Crops choice, for instance, was carried out on the Hammond Analysis Station.

The individual you talked to on the native nursery was merely mistaken. Be at liberty to plant pansies, however you shouldn’t deprive your panorama of petunias if that is what you wish to plant.

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