Substitution for Red Wave
The foliage is very typical of the wave series, 8-10 inch long stems that can spread to 2-3 feet. The color is pretty and changes subtly. Initially the blooms open a bright deep red but then gradually shift to a rosier hue. Plants were started in early March and transplanted in mid May. For the first 3 weeks, the baskets looked scrawny compared to those purchases at nurseries, but thereafter they were just as good, maybe better, and at literally a tenth the cost. Petunia seeds are very small and need light to germinate. Spread the seed on top of damp soil and press in gently before watering. Cover the container with clear plastic and place in a warm (70* to 85*F), bright area. DO NOT place in direct sunlight. Seeds should begin to sprout in 7 to 10 days. Remove the plastic and move to a bright, cooler (60* to 65*F) area. You may put petunias under fluorescent lights until they are ready to transplant outside, just keep lights 4" to 6" above the plants, raising the lights as the plants grow. 10 seeds pelleted.