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When to prune verbena?

tinkr81tinkr81 Posts: 2

Hello, I would like some advice on when to prune back my verbena, i have left it all winter and im not sure what to do with it now. Do i chop it close to the base as these bits still look green, any advice would be greatly appreciated image


  • Gary HobsonGary Hobson Posts: 1,892

    The tops of mine all die. So I cut them down to around the base.

    I haven't actually done it yet. I find it useful to leave the dead top bits until the Spring, as they remind me just where the plants are. Hopefully I'll see some green shoots coming up around the bases, and then I'll cut off the dead stems.

  • Kenc3Kenc3 Posts: 9

    The best time to prune verbena is in the spring once the risk of frost has gone. So probably not best to do it just yet as the cold weather is still around but hopefully spring will arrive within the next few weeks.

  • tinkr81tinkr81 Posts: 2

    Thankyou for your advice! sorry its taken ages to reply im not on often, i will leave it a few weeks then, i really hope spring comes soon! image .  

  • Hi, I was also wondering when to trim the Verbena plant, the top bits are woody looking after being windblown but are still green at the bottom.  Should I cut to soil level or cut to the top of the green stems?
  • FairygirlFairygirl Posts: 50,221
    Hi @janet.wheeldon. Is it Verb. bonariensis you have, or another type?

    I've just done some of mine - you can take them back to new growth, depending on the weather conditions. I'd leave it a little while if you have any sharp frosts in the forecast. A degree or two of frost will make little difference. 
    If you like growing from cuttings, some of the stuff you cut off might take too. I often do that as it works better than self seeding. Conditions aren't usually suitable for that here. 
    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....

    I live in west central Scotland - not where that photo is...
  • Hi, yes its Verbena Bonariensis.  I'll probably leave it a little bit longer before I cut it, in case we get some more frosts. Thanks for the information. 
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