Verbena Plants

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  6. is verbena plant annual or perennial
  7. trim the heads of verbena
Asked by jackie63 on February 5, 2012
Verbena Flowers

I have verbena homestead flowers. The foliage is pretty and green and growing but it doesn’t produce flowers. What’s wrong with this plant?

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Nikki
Certified GKH Gardening Expert

It's likely the fertilizer. If fertilizer has too much nitrogen, it will encourage more foliage growth as opposed to flowering, which needs more phosphorus. Use a "bloom booster" fertilizer or add some bone meal to the soil to help add some phosphorus.

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Asked by Anonymous on February 4, 2014
Verbena

Cannot get verbena seeds to germinate. Have tried for several years but will only get one or two out of 25 seeds.

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Nikki
Certified GKH Gardening Expert

Verbena has a very hard seed coat that must be softened beforehand in order for germination to occur. I would recommend soaking the seeds in water prior to planting them. This article will help with that: http://www.gardeningknowhow.com/garden-how-to/seeds/soaking-seeds.htm This article may also help: http://www.ehow.com/how_5766147_plant-verbena-seed.html

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Asked by The Jude on May 13, 2014
Verbenas in Hanging Baskets

I purchased a beautiful verbena basket in April that was thriving until we left for 5 days for vacation. It got too dry and looks stressed, burnt, etc. I trimmed it back, watered and will fertilize tomorrow. Is there anything else I should do? It’s in direct sun still.

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theficuswrangler

Don't fertilize. Fertilizer should not be put onto stressed, dry, or sick plants. Wait until the plant has started some new growth.
Make sure the soil has been well hydrated; put the whole plant in a bucket of water and let it soak for 15 or 30 minutes.
It should be fine. Here's an article on watering outdoor container plants: http://www.gardeningknowhow.com/special/containers/container-plant-watering.htm
In the future, if you take some steps to protect your plants when you go on vacation, they'll get along much better. Most important would be to move them to a more shaded area. Here are some other ideas. This article deals with indoor plants, but many of the principles are the same: http://www.gardeningknowhow.com/houseplants/hpgen/while-youre-away-vacation-care-for-houseplants.htm

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Asked by nycwoman2010 on April 16, 2015
Purple & White Verbena Growing Roots Under Flowers

My purple and white verbena is growing roots under flowers. Does this mean I can trim that and replant? Is this a way I can propagate the flower?

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shelley
Certified GKH Gardening Expert

It sounds like you have "Homestead Verbena". Verbena is not propagated by its roots but by cuttings from the plant itself, which can be rooted in water or potting soil. For more information on propagating from plant cuttings, please visit the following link:
http://www.gardeningknowhow.com/garden-how-to/projects/rooting-plant-cuttings.htm

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Asked by Joycieree on May 5, 2015
Verbena Leaf Edges White

Why are my verbena leaf edges white, looking bleached out? The leaves are drying where they are white. Did I burn then while watering with fertilizer? I have several verbena plants in pots, full sun, on my deck. They have been in the pots 3 weeks. A couple of the plants have shriveled, also.

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Downtoearthdigs
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Asked by deb3577 on June 19, 2015
Is Verbena Plant Annual or Perennial

How do I know if the verbena plant I have is annual or perennial? I am looking for a ground cover that will spread and decrease weed growth on a bank along the road in my front yard, and also one around my back porch that gets morning to mid afternoon sun. This also will border my fish pond.

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Heather
Certified GKH Gardening Expert

This article will describe perennial verbena and will help you identify if it the kind you have:
http://homeguides.sfgate.com/characteristics-perennial-verbena-38564.html

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Asked by joannesmith on July 15, 2015
Trim the Heads of Verbena

Do I need to trim all the heads of verbena after they have flowered or do they flower on same heads?

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Downtoearthdigs
Certified GKH Gardening Expert

Yes, you can trim back the spent flowers and the plant to encourage longer and more bloom time.

http://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/flowers/verbena/growing-verbena-plants.htm

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