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Asked by
Paul watkinson on
June 15, 2017
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Q. Verbena plants

I bought some of these after planting in tubs looks like slugs/snails have been having a nibble i put some slug pellets round if I cut it back to the root Will they grow again?

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Asked by
jean.short63 on
June 26, 2017
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Q. annual verbena

verbena leaves are shriviling up. Whats wrong

Answered by
Downtoearthdigs on
June 27, 2017
Certified Expert
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It could be environmental, uneven watering, pests or even natural aging of the flowers.
n the case of plants which have borne an abundance of bloom and then show signs of going out of bloom, a light pruning will produce another crop of flowers within 15-20 days. Here's the problem; people DO NOT want to cut plants back and WILL NOT cut them back as long as one pitiful-looking bloom endures. People who cannot discipline themselves to to shear old blooms periodically should not grow Verbena. After the first spectacular bloom display cut-shy people will be looking at ugly for the rest of the season and wondering why. Bloom removal is not tedious. Simply trim about a fourth of the plant's top growth, including old flowers but do not expose main stems, with a flexible line trimmer. Pruning removes old flower parts, shortens the plants and encourages branching which soon results in an even showier and prolonged display of bloom especially if you will fertilize and water after each cutback. Cutback will probably be required two or three times per season.

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Asked by
Ronald Christie on
July 15, 2017
Franklin, NC

Q. verbena

My verbena plant is turning brown and dying I am afraid. How can I save it?

Answered by
Downtoearthdigs on
July 16, 2017
Certified Expert
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Make sure you are regularly watering, at least one inch a week.

Review the growing conditions as listed in the article below to see if you can pinpoint the issue.

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

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Asked by
Jillclay5 on
August 18, 2017
Monterey CA

Q. Deer resistant

Is verbena deer resistant?

Answered by
MichiganDot on
August 19, 2017
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A hungry deer will eat almost anything. That said, the annual verbena genus are not a preferred food and are given a 2 out of 4 in Rutger's list of plants where 1 is least likely to be bothered by deer. https://njaes.rutgers.edu/deerresistance/

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Asked by
Anonymous on
November 7, 2017

Q. Over winter my plant

My Verbena was beautiful this year and it was the first year for it. What do I do to get it ready for winter?

Answered by
Downtoearthdigs on
November 7, 2017
Certified Expert
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It looks like you are in gardening zone 5b. Perennial verbena cold hardiness varies by the species, but many will do well in 5b while it will be a bit cold for some others. Your plant may benefit from some winter protection:

https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/garden-how-to/mulch/mulching-plants-in-winter.htm
https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/plant-problems/environmental/protecting-plants-winter.htm

Other Verbenas are annual and won't survive the winter in any case.

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Asked by
Greygal on
November 9, 2017
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Q. Fall care of verbena

My purple verbenas, about 18″ high are still blooming vibrantly on Nov. 9.
I do not know the variety, but I am assuming they are perennials.
We had a light frost, but it did not affect them. I am assuming I should cut these back after a hard frost and hope for the best. Should I feed them lightly in the fall or wait until spring?
Thank you, Nancy

Answered by
MichiganDot on
November 10, 2017

Answered by
MichiganDot on
November 10, 2017
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The big question here is whether you have an annual or perennial verbena. Most sold at local nurseries are annuals. You can collect seed or take cuttings this fall. If you didn't steadily deadhead spent blooms, verbena may self-sow. New stems and leaves will emerge next spring if you have a perennial variety. Cut down the stems either this fall or early next spring. This article explains: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/flowers/verbena/annual-perennial-verbena-varieties.htm
Try looking at google images of verbena to ID your variety. Many annual verbena are hybrids and will not come true from seed.

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Asked by
Judy Adkins on
December 18, 2017
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Q. Verbena

What do I do before winter to winterize ground cover verbena perrenial?

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December 19, 2017
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