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Verbena Bonariensis, cutting back.

ShepsSheps Posts: 2,228
edited April 2019 in Plants
Morning all...is it time to cut back all the dead seed heads of my Verbena, and if so how far down should I cut the stems back?



Thanks

Sheps... :)

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  • Pete.8Pete.8 Posts: 11,321
    I have lots of VB. I cut mine right back to about 2"and they are already sending up new shoots from the base

    Billericay - Essex

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  • ShepsSheps Posts: 2,228
    Thanks Pete... I will cut it back.
  • LoxleyLoxley Posts: 5,691
    Hack it right down! What I also do is lift them, and divide them up with a knife into little pieces aiming for the base of stems with a shoot or two plus a few roots attached. 
    "What is hateful to you, do not do to your neighbour". 
  • LynLyn Posts: 23,190
    Agree with above, take right down. 
    Gardening on the wild, windy west side of Dartmoor. 

  • DaveGreigDaveGreig Posts: 188
    It tends to be a fairly short lived perennial where I live in Scotland and I’ve found it doesn’t like hard pruning here. Because of this I cut it back to about nine inches and only after it’s started making new growth. I get a second, sometimes a third year out of it that way. It’s a prolific self seeder though, so I’m never short of new plants.

    i tend to cut the heads off in the autumn for plants grown on my patio area because it self seeds in between the  paving blocks and can be a pest to remove.
  • Jason-3Jason-3 Posts: 391
    I'd also watch your terracotta pot as VB have a vigorous tap root .Split one of a lovely pair I purchased last year
  • Some of my VB's died off earlier this year - they became brittle and snapped.  However luckily I collected plenty of seed last Autumn from these lovely purple flowered plants which are now 2" seedlings - germination is easy - even I can manage to do it!
  • LoxleyLoxley Posts: 5,691
    They're incredibly easy to take cuttings too, popping them in a glass of water works for me. 
    "What is hateful to you, do not do to your neighbour". 
  • ShepsSheps Posts: 2,228
    Thanks everyone for the advice, it's appreciated.
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