When should I plant out my Verbena Bonariensis?
It's my first time growing Verbena Bonariensis from seed and I now have quite a few little plants in my greenhouse (pictured below). Is it safe to plant them out this year? Will they survive the winter this young or do they need to be more established first?
I'd pinch out the tops to make them branch and then plant them out as a group.
Agree with fb, they are tough little wotsits get them out quick and they will flower for you in Sept/oct. Leave them then cut them down after the seeds have dropped or next spring and they will grow to 7ft next year.
Thanks all, I'll do that then. I first saw some at a B&B I was staying at last year and they were literally covered in butterflies. I have very sandy soil almost like dust, so I think they should be quite happy as it's quite free draining. I think I'll dig in a bit of compost before planting them though as there's very little organic material at the moment where I want to plant them. I'm very proud of my little fellows, expecially as they're about £6 each at the local nursery!
I wasn't sure about sowing from seed as I'm a bit of a novice in regard to flower seeds. I'm branching out from growing veg this year as I wanted a bee and butterfly bed so I bought a load of seeds including annuals like corncockle, scabiosa, borage, phacelia and salvia as well as the verbenas. I ended up with dozens of plants of which the verbenas are the last to leave the greenhouse. However, now the tomatoes, chillis and cape gooseberries are taking over!
Dont worry about your ground or conditions, my ground is almost always wet, we live nearlly 1000ft up so a lot of the time in the clouds, the ground is very acid on the edge of Dartmoor,
My daughter lives where they mine clay in Cornwall so her soil is different again, they thrive well in both places and spread their seeds. We dug hundreds of seedlings up from her garden to give away.
I grew 100 from seed and put in another hundred of hers, all thriving well and flowering for the second year.
There will probably be some up for grabs next year as plants, she just throws the spares away, or I have a packet of seeds for free.
Last winter was the first time my VBs survived as it didn't get that cold. I now pot up seedlings in the Autumn and overwinter in g/h
Last winter was so mild that mine did not really stop flowering. I have one near the front door which is about 10 foot tall. Is this a record?