Petunia axillaris take two

Robert (zone 7a, Oklahoma)October 17, 2011

Anyone grow Petunia axillaris (wild white petunia)?

What are your thoughts on its scent at night?

I grew some from seed that I bought from Select Seeds (their 'Rainmaster' Petunia) a couple of years ago but was disappointed in the lackluster fragrance at night (I could hardly smell anything and it was nothing like all the hype I've read about this species).

Well of course after speaking with Kemistry about petunias I've decided to give them another go and this time ordered some seed from Alchemy Works. Yes. This forum is dangerous for enabling fragrance addictions!

Crossing my fingers that this batch will have the wonderful vanilla/licorice scent that I've read about.

-Robert

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Ispahan Zone6a Chicago

Robert, several years ago I grew Petunia axillaris 'Rainmaster' as sold by Select Seeds. I was disappointed with the plant and the fragrance. The regular old-fashioned vining petunias (from Seed Savers Exchange) on the other hand were wonderful and wafted their exquisite fragrance several hundred feet away.

I am curious to see how the seeds from Alchemy Works do for you. If they are a better, more fragrant strain than that offered by Select Seeds, I will be sure to order some. Please let us know how they perform.

    Bookmark   November 10, 2011 at 2:53PM
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Robert (zone 7a, Oklahoma)

Hi ispahan!

I'm glad I'm not the only one disappointed by this species. I'll report my findings of the Alchemy Works strain next summer. :)
I'm also glad to know you like the old-fashioned kind since I purchased some and I'm looking forward to their wonderful scent next year.

-Robert

    Bookmark   November 14, 2011 at 5:04PM
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Ispahan Zone6a Chicago

Robert,

You will be very pleased with the old-fashioned vining petunias. Just try to grow as many as you can, since they look better en masse. That way, the fragrance will amaze you and waft all over your growing space! :-)

Cheers,
Ispahan

    Bookmark   November 15, 2011 at 3:27PM
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ladylotus(Z3/4 ND)

Greetings...where can you get seeds for the old fashioned vining variety of petunias? I have an area around my greenhouse that I would LOVE to have some scented petunias growing.

    Bookmark   November 15, 2011 at 9:30PM
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Ispahan Zone6a Chicago

Ladylotus, you can order the old-fashioned vining petunias from the Seed Savers Exchange website. They have the best strain of petunias that I have found. None are lovelier or more fragrant than these. A far cry from a modern Wave petunia! :-)

    Bookmark   November 15, 2011 at 10:09PM
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