Place your potted cuttings in bright, indirect light, and keep them moist. You might just have to use good ol’ manual labor and pull them out! Instead, per Dr. Doug Caldwell of the UF/IFAS Extension, you may have eriophyid mites (Acalitus ruelliae). Dip the cut end of the cutting into a powdered rooting hormone, and place the cutting into the hole you made in the potting mix. Agreed, which is why it is classified as a Category I Invasive plant in Florida.

Mass plantings of the tall type make a nice border for the back of your beds, whereas the shorter variety makes a lovely edging plant.

Virtually maintenance-free and pest-free, and requiring hardly any attention, R. simplex is a lovely addition to any garden. I had them in Florida and now Georgia. Or they’re just not spreading? The tops of a few of my vincas were also eaten off. Or maybe could they be started earlier indoors and moved outdoors? It doesn’t seem to have worked the first time around (sorry about that!). To divide this plant, loosen the soil around the area, and then dig around the clump you wish to excise. It spreads by seeds that can sometimes reach up to 10 feet away from the original plant, as well as through thin, underground roots called rhizomes. It all sounds lovely! This is indeed a vigorous grower with invasive tendencies that may not be appreciated by all. Hi Susan – The tall version forms clumps 18 inches across, while the short type forms 12-inch clumps. When i dislodged this part to get them growing right again, I found them to be too long to stand up straight on their own. Thank you! A former garden editor for a daily newspaper in Austin, Texas, Gretchen Heber goes through entirely too many pruners and garden gloves in a year’s time. Nice of your neighbor to share; maybe you can pay it forward when you do your pruning! Hummingbirds love it. Hi!

Sounds beautiful!

Location is facing east with strong sun in the summer until about 2-3 p.m., then shade from the house. The shrub is considered invasive in the state of Florida and it's on the watch list in several others. Planted a couple at the back of my house in the Tucson, Arizona sun and heat and much to my surprise, they are spreading and making a very boring area start to look good! At the same height.

How do I keep them contained or get rid of. They are not blooming this year but have read that they might be too crowded. When you first see a Mexican petunia, you may mistake them for the common annual petunia as their flowers are quite similar. As long as they're placed in a sunny spot, they grow well in indoor pots and outdoor planters alike.

While most standard forms of Mexican petunia range in height from 18 to 36 inches, ‘Katie’s Dwarf’ ranges from eight to 12 inches tall. They come back in early spring, and boom all summer. I can picture the blooms in the pool, btw! Mexican petunias are evergreen flowering shrubs, meaning they remain green over the winter when not in bloom. One question – after they have died off in the winter – do you pull them up or cut them down – what’s the best method to get ready for the spring?

Or don’t. I wonder if it was placed in the wrong area because I assumed it was a houseplant. In shadier areas, the stems will present as a solid green. . They can withstand shade and partial shade but will be less productive if planted in these areas.

After roots are established, you can transplant them outside. Cut off the seed pods if you don’t want the plant to spread its seeds. Thanks to my mom that has a super green thumb these beautiful purple petunias are about 4ft … We bought a plant in NC last autumn and we divided and rooted them over the winter for outdoor planting. We occasionally link to goods offered by vendors to help the reader find relevant products. Found out they are invasive. I also found that the ruellia crawled along the ground to survive and attached roots along the way. Let’s learn more about this lovely but divisive plant, and why Floridians want nothing to do with it!

My neighbor brought this Ruella from South America. Expect it to take some time to bounce back. You can baby the plant with rich compost or you can stick in the native soil that’s already there, and it will still do fine. Our bakers ensure that every batch is as fresh as possible before it gets to you. You may be able to order them through a local nursery or online purveyor. It can still spread via rhizomes, however. While it's not mandatory, Mexican petunias benefit from the addition of manure, fertilizer, and compost in their growing areas. Hello Sandy Hall! Be sure to give them supplementary water during periods of hot weather, and see if they perk up. Fertilize with a 10-10-10 (NPK) mixture in springtime. Once you've taken your desired amount of cuttings, remove the buds, flowers, and lower leaves from the stems.

Deadhead them and keep pulling to keep them under control, or you may want to use them as a container specimen instead. Several cultivars are available, with the distinguishing characteristic typically being flower color. Oh, Vei Sprad, too much of a good thing, huh? Gluten Free and Vegan options available daily! I have a beautiful field of elephant ears. Planted a couple babies in my mother in law’s garden where she wanted something beautiful and easy to care for. I have bought more plants for the gaps. I love these Mexican Petunias.

At this bakery we add a lil sweetness to everyone’s life. I’m in the pro camp. I am new to this site, however you seem to be very helpful. Mine has too much shade, I’m wanting to move to a sunny spot USA, Tennessee. Tips for Freezing Your Homegrown Crop, How to Design an Old-Fashioned Cottage Garden, 8-11 (marginally hardy in Zone 7 with protection), Butterflies (swallowtail, brush-footed, and milkweed) and hummingbirds, Don’t plant in full sun if the heat is brutal where you live, Give the plant extra water right after you plant it. Any tips for keeping them over by the driveway? As long as you follow a basic desert garden to-do list and keep to a conventional summer watering schedule, you should have no problem raising bushels of these purple blossoms. Very disappointed!! Thank you so much for the reply! Strip off any leaves near the bottom of the stem, and remove the bloom. You can find packages of 50 seeds are available from Amazon. She is 84 and wants to sell them. After transplanting, be sure to maintain consistent moisture. Sow R. simplex seeds in early spring, after all danger of frost has passed.

Hi Tommy – They do great in my area and the hummingbirds love them. "Katie" is a popular dwarf cultivar because it doesn't produce seed pods and therefore is not considered invasive. R. simplex doesn’t have any notable insect pest or disease concerns to worry about, either. I want to keep it alive! It’s a nightmare. If you wouldn’t mind, could you try uploading your picture again?

A lovely tall plant for the back of a bed, or a pretty edging for the front — one species, two practical uses. Hi Diane – You also might want to use this plant to add some color to shady areas. If so, how far down? I wasn’t a fan of these because the former owners of my house planted them as a patio edge, and I think they look awkward there. You can also propagate this plant via purchased seeds, cuttings, or division. Gretchen,

Honeybees love them—and what’s good for the bees is good for the world. Hydrate the plant the evening before you move it. They are in the ground. To Gretchen, nothing is more rewarding than a quick dash to the garden to pluck herbs to season the evening meal. I’ve recently taken some of the ‘volunteers’ and put them in large pots in the backyard. The flowers are pretty but the plants themselves are spindly. Tommy, I’m not sure where you are, but if you are in Florida where it is a big problem I suggest try the Florida native Wild Petunia instead. Would love to have the white but have never seen them. Uncredited photos: Shutterstock. They are great for attracting hummingbirds, too! If you want even more plants – in a different part of the yard, for example – you can propagate by taking cuttings in springtime. The Spruce uses cookies to provide you with a great user experience.

Also we grow ours by the pool so the majority of the daily flowers that fall out will float in the pool and stay purple for a few hours – so pretty. Hi Cathy! Or do you have the regular, 1- to 2-foot tall ruellia that are looking less than fab?