How to grow verbena plants

How to grow verbena plants How to grow verbena plants
How to grow verbena plants: Verbena plants contain about 250 species of annual and perennial herbaceous or semi-woody flowering plants. The majority of the species are native to the Americas and Asia.

If you are searching for long lasting blooms that perform during the hottest days of summer heat, consider planting the verbena flower.  Planting verbena, whether annual or perennial types, ensures summer flowers when it is planted in the sunniest and possibly driest area of the garden. If humidity is high in your area in summer, choose perennial verbena for a better summer show.

The growing requirements for verbena plants is easy, as these plants are normally very tolerant of heat and drought. They grow best if they are given plenty of water while they are actively growing.
These plants require constantly moist soil.  Soil must have good drainage, as they will not survive in soggy soil.

Full sun is needed for these plants, that is more or less 8 to 10 hours. They do appreciate shade in the afternoon though.  These plants will grow and flower best if you mix in compost peat moss or other organic material to the planting hole before setting in your new plant.

Water regularly and thoroughly until your verbenas are well established.
After that, you will only need to water them when the soil is dry.

Propagating verbena plants and growing them from seeds:
Creeping forms of verbena are very easy to propagate by layering them to the ground.
Peg a growing tip of your plant to the ground and wait for the roots to develop before taking the new plant from the mother.  Softwood cuttings taken in mid to late summer will root quickly and easily.
Established plants can be divided in late winter or early spring, if they outgrow their space, or die out in the center

Growing these plants from seeds:
Verbena seeds require darkness for germination, so make sure they are completely covered.
Seeds can be sown directly into the garden in the fall, or early in the spring.

If you start seeds indoors, you must plant them 12-14 weeks before your last expected frost date.
Cover them with black plastic to ensure total darkness.  Maintain a temperature of 70°-75° within the growing medium until germination, which can take anywhere from 20-30 days.

These plants are very rewarding to have in your garden. You can fill in patches that may need a splash of color. Enjoy!!

 How to grow verbena plants

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