The Supertunia Vista® Bubblegum® petunia is truly a sight to behold with its vibrant pink flowers that add a pop of color to any garden. This delightful plant is not only beautiful but also tough, especially when it comes to surviving in a place like San Antonio, Texas.


This mounding, trailing beauty can grow to an average of 12-24″ tall, trailing to 24-36″ wide. It looks great in both landscape plantings and container gardens. Drought and heat tolerant, Bubblegum® petunias don’t need deadheading for its continuous blooms that attract butterflies and hummingbirds.

Bubblegum® petunia

Bubblegum® petunia is more heat tolerant than many other petunia varieties making it a more reliable spring planted option that will likely see you through the summer as well. With the right care, and if we have a somewhat mild winter, this annual can practically morph into a perennial.


Really! Even with a couple of hard freezes under our belt this winter, we’ve had success with Bubblegum® petunia resprouting in spring. (See the picture below to see  new growth resprouting after a 14 degree cold winter in Spring Branch!) Its hardiness is truly impressive, making Bubblegum® petunia a favorite among gardeners in the area who appreciate a plant that can withstand the unpredictable weather.

New plant growth resprouting after winter.

5 Tips for Growing Bubblegum® Petunia


To successfully grow Bubblegum® petunias in San Antonio, Texas, it’s essential to provide the right care to ensure these beautiful flowers thrive for a long time. Here are some tips to help you cultivate a stunning display of Bubblegum petunias:


  1. Sunlight: Ensure your petunias receive plenty of sunlight, at least 6 to 8 hours of direct sunlight daily. In San Antonio, it’s always a good idea for that full sun to be given during the first half of the day, offering some shade during the hottest times in the afternoon to prevent any wilting.
  2. Watering: Keep the soil consistently moist but not waterlogged. Water Bubblegum® petunias deeply when the top inch of soil feels dry. Be mindful of the heat in San Antonio, as your plants may need more frequent watering during dry spells. Avoid overhead watering on petunias (or any plant, for that matter).
  3. Soil: Plant your Bubblegum petunias in well-draining soil enriched with organic matter. If If planting in beds, consider adding compost, or soil conditioner to improve soil quality and drainage.
  4. Fertilization: Feed your petunias with a time release granular fertilizer at the time of planting whether planting in containers or landscape.
    • For landscape plantings, a follow up application of time release fertilizer can be beneficial when offered before summer heat rolls in. Follow the instructions on the fertilizer package for best results.
    • For containers, also offer a water soluble, balanced fertilizer every 2-3 weeks to promote healthy growth and abundant blooms. These liquid fertilizer doses will make a huge difference on the performance of your plant through our San Antonio summers. Petunias are heavy feeders.
  5. Pruning: If your Bubblegum® petunias start to look a little leggy, or tired, you can trim about ⅓ of their growth with a pair of sharp scissors or pruning shears. Offer them a dose of liquid fertilizer followed by a good watering and in about a week, your petunias will be bouncing back. Pruning promotes new, fuller growth with more branching and flowers. prune as needed throughout the season.
Bubblegum petunia

(This is new growth in March, after being cut all the way back after winter.)

So, if you’re looking to add a splash of color to your garden delivered in an annual that can handle the Texas climate with ease, the Proven Winners Bubblegum® petunia is definitely a top choice. Happy gardening!

The Happy Gardener, Lisa Mulroy