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HalleSHalleS WiltshirePosts: 101
Hi everyone. 
I have 3 Verbena bonariensis cuttings taken from my mother-in-law’s garden. I followed online instructions for starting cuttings in soil and did that with 2 of them about 3 weeks ago. They are currently in the shed (bright but no direct sun, plastic bag over the pot) and I’m seeing new growth.
My questions are:

1) Should I leave them covered with the plastic until I see roots coming out of the pot?

2) Should I leave them in the shed over winter or take them inside? I’m in SW England if that makes a difference. 

3) Should I pinch the tops to encourage bushier growth?

I am nervous about this because I tried to start some erysimum cuttings  earlier in the year (first time ever trying) and they all died... I also have never grown any verbena!

Any advice would be greatly appreciated. 🙂
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  • FairygirlFairygirl west central ScotlandPosts: 34,041
    They don't need to be inside at all. Or covered  :)
    Outside, somewhere with a little shelter so that they don't get annihilated by wind and rain, or fried in sun. By a house wall is often the best place.
    They need no real protection over winter either.
    Any cuttings of them  I take are left out - usually among some other plants in a border, or under a bench or against the house wall.   :)  
    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....


  • HalleSHalleS WiltshirePosts: 101
    Thank you, @Fairygirl. Very helpful as always!
  • PosyPosy Isle of Wight.Posts: 2,066
    Taking cuttings is a lot of work. They seed themselves like weeds in my garden, so you may not have to bother again!
  • FairygirlFairygirl west central ScotlandPosts: 34,041
    Depends on location and climate  though @Posy. They don't often seed successfully around here, so cuttings are always best for me if I want more.  :)

    They're very easy from cuttings though  - I take them quite often. Just cut bits off and stick them round the edge of pots of compost.  
    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....


  • PosyPosy Isle of Wight.Posts: 2,066
    Yes, I'm in the soft south, but I think Wiltshire should be ok.
  • FairygirlFairygirl west central ScotlandPosts: 34,041
    I think you're probably right @Posy :)
    I often take cuttings as back up, as the main plants sometimes don't make it through winter here. The last couple have been much easier though, and fewer snowfalls etc. 
    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....


  • HalleSHalleS WiltshirePosts: 101
    Thank you both! My MIL is on the Isle of Wight as well @Posy and she says her verbena self seeds like mad. Hopefully I’ll have the same problem 😊
  • FairygirlFairygirl west central ScotlandPosts: 34,041
    Good luck @HalleS
    If you get self seeded plants, you'll have loads, and if not, you can take cuttings when those ones are a bit bigger - win win! :)
    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....


  • PageZPageZ Posts: 82
    I am so glad that I saw this post! I was going to sit back and wait for them to self seed but now I will definitely take cuttings just in case! This is my first year growing verbena and I fell in love with it. Such a trouble free plant and gives height without blocking anything. 
  • FairygirlFairygirl west central ScotlandPosts: 34,041
    It's possibly a bit late for doing them now, but no harm in trying, especially if you're in a warmer area. I usually do them in late spring into summer, when they 'take'  really easily.  :)
    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....


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