Those darned wave petunias again

Sue of Maine gave me some great advice. I've also gone into the rec.gardens archives. Conclusion - wave petunias have to be deadheaded and are far from the absolutely carefree plants that the sellers promote, at least in a hanging basket.
Since comments in the rec.gardens archives often seem to contradict each other, here goes with my questions.
Sue tells me to "pinch off the seed pods". Does that mean pinching off the whole little stem that the flower was on? I've a zillion of them.
The hanging basket is now about four or five feet across because of straggly growth with flowers just at the ends. I'll cut it back after I hear from anyone.
As Sue said ("doG - I hate petunias") she would forgive me in August if I dumped the whole basket on the compost heap. However, it's a gift, and a challenge to someone who doesn't know what the h*** she's doing. The "gifter" will be here this weekend and I'd like to defend myself!
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I've never grown a petunia that didn't need to be deadheaded. The blossoms are sort of sticky, so they don't fall off by themselves. That can also make them a chore to deadhead using just your fingernails. Get yourself a pair of scissors like these:
http://www.cooksworld.com/Merchant3/merchant.mv?Screen=PROD&Store_Code=CW&Product_CodeQ0620
Some garden centers sell a similar item as "florist's scissors". Same basic thing. The other key to deadheading is beer. It's a tedious chore. You have to find ways of making it interesting. By the way, behind each flower you deadhead, cut back to a point that's 1/4" before the next stem, unless that interferes with a flower that's about to open. In that case, wing it.
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"Doug Kanter" wrote in message

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http://www.cooksworld.com/Merchant3/merchant.mv?Screen=PROD&Store_Code=CW&Product_CodeQ0620
now I'll go out and buy the beer and I'll be all set!
Dora
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fertilizer. This year has been a real good year for petunias in zone 7
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"RhondaM" wrote in message >

Dora
basket every couple of weeks or so with Miracle Gro.
Dora
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