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Valuable Verbenas

13 September 2015 No Comment

Verbenas are prolific bloomers that require as little pampering as possible and the hardiest annuals we’ve got surviving easily in the dusty and sweltering sun beaten spots in the garden.
For a long lasting colour spectacle every year it’s best to plant them in early spring and they’ll reward your previously bare patch with life right up until the first frosts.
Verbenas have been known to pretend, quite well it has to be said, to be perennials and survive the winter to continue flowering for their second year, but their true annual colours show in their ability to deliver only about half the amount of wow they offered in the first year.
Plant your verbenas in a well-composted bed and when they’ve reached a height of about 15cm, give them a once off dose of a balanced slow releasing fertiliser.
While they’re settling themselves in, water them regularly until you can see they’re healthy, happy and growing nicely.
After that it is very important to only water them when the top layer of soil, at least one centimeter deep, has dried out.
Being sun thirsty plants, verbenas ideally need between 8 and 10 hours of direct sunlight every day.
Deadhead your spent blooms by removing the dead or faded blooms.
Information supplied by the Bedding Plant Growers Association.

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