Verbena is a beautiful and easy-to-grow flowering plant that can be planted from seeds or purchased as seedlings. Here are some steps to follow for planting verbena:
- Choose the right location: Verbena prefers full sun and well-draining soil. Choose a location that receives at least 6 hours of direct sunlight each day and has soil that is rich in organic matter.
- Prepare the soil: Work compost or well-rotted manure into the soil to improve its fertility and drainage.
- Start from seeds: If starting from seeds, sow them indoors 8-10 weeks before the last frost date in your area. Cover the seeds lightly with soil and mist with water. Keep the soil moist until the seeds germinate.
- Transplant seedlings: When the seedlings are 2-3 inches tall and have at least two true leaves, they are ready to be transplanted. Harden off the seedlings by gradually exposing them to outdoor conditions for a few days before planting them in the garden.
- Plant seedlings: Plant verbena seedlings in well-draining soil, spacing them about 6-12 inches apart, depending on the variety. Water well after planting.
- Care for the plants: Water the verbena regularly, keeping the soil evenly moist but not waterlogged. Fertilize every two weeks with a balanced fertilizer to encourage healthy growth and blooming. Deadhead spent blooms regularly to encourage more flowers.
- Mulch around the plants: Mulch around the plants to help retain moisture and suppress weeds.
- Enjoy the flowers: Verbena will start blooming in early summer and will continue blooming until the first frost. They come in a wide variety of colors and can be used in beds, borders, hanging baskets, and containers.