I don’t think I’ve ever written anything bad about plants I’ve trialed for Proven Winners Plants so this is hard for me. But I promised to write fair reports and not mislead my readers. I am a Proven Winners fan and purchase this brand every summer. But I can’t in good faith recommend the new petunia ‘Pretty Much Picasso’.
I received several ‘Pretty Much Picasso’ petunias from the grower and purchased one from a local nursery. I take excellent care of my flowers and they receive proper watering and on time fertilizer treatments. I am growing several other petunias from Proven Winners that are doing excellently.
‘Pretty Much Picasso’ started out healthy. Some were planted in the ground and others in containers. We have had an above average hot summer–but again–all my other petunias are doing as expected in these conditions. I’ve grown PW petunias for years. I also worked at a nursery that sold/sells PW plants so I’m very experienced at taking care of them.
These plants started showing stress about a month after they were planted. The blooms never fully opened and the leaves began to shrivel up. I pulled them all out of the containers and cut one back to the ground.
The one cut back to the ground is coming back but not enough growth yet to determine how it is going to do.
I thought it important to write a post about this because I’ve received emails asking if I was having trouble with the growth habit of this petunia. Others who frequent my blog are reporting the same results. Their ‘Pretty Much Picasso’ has either shriveled up and died or not performing like the other petunias by PW.
I’d like to know your results with this plant.
The nursery where I purchase my plants reported they did not like the ‘Pretty Much Picasso’ either. They planted them in hanging baskets and said the leaves took over but the blooms did not show. They also reported to me that it was an above average feeder with both water and fertilizer.