What is the difference between Surfinia and Petunia?
Surfinia® is a petunia brand. Petunia is the botanical name of Surfinia® varieties. Often people ask what the difference is between Surfinia® and petunia. Well: Surfinia® is a petunia brand (registered trademark) created by Suntory Flowers Ltd.. and introduced onto the european market by MNP / Suntory. Petunia is a genus in the family Solanaceae. Lots of regular petunias these days are being sold under the name of Surfinia. Chances are that these plants won’t give you the same results that an original Surfinia® will give you.
Most regular petunias have a less trailing growth habit, they flower less and cannot stand the rain as much as Surfinia® can. The only guarantee that you’re buying a real Surfinia® is the (new) label. A real Surfinia® comes with a special label with the brand with registered trademark Ⓡ printed on it. Growers are obligated to deliver Surfinia® together with labels. So if you want to be sure that you’re buying a real Surfinia®, check the label of the plant.
Is my Surfinia® winter-hardy?
Suntory® genetics are not winter-hardy; they are summer-flowering annuals. But some brands such as Senetti® and Friolina® are resistant to low temperatures.
Are Suntory® genetics all outdoor plants?
The plants in our collection are primarily bedding plants. Some brands, however, for example Princettia®, can function perfectly well as an indoor plant.
Should I remove dead flowers from my Surfinia®?
Deadheading Suntory® genetics is not necessary, but is recommended. Deadheading encourages the plant to produce new flower buds.
How do I know if I have a genuine Surfinia® and not just an ordinary Petunia?
The names ‘Surfinia®’, ‘Million Bells®’ or any other name from Suntory Flowers Europe are usually printed on the label. If this is not the case and you would like to be sure, please ask the staff of your local garden centre.
Where can I buy Suntory® genetics?
For availability you can send us an email or fill in the contact form with your questions. Go to the Contact Form