Verbena is a trailing perennial which may persist well for 2-3 years but is usually grown as an annual. They are ideal for borders, flowerbeds and pot plants.
Verbenas are sturdy and can be grown all year round except in places of very cold winters. It is adaptable to most soil kinds and grows well but needs good drainage. IT prefers full Sunlight but will tolerate some shade.
Pot Culture: Verbena can be sown directly into pots. Sow 5 – 6 seeds in an 8” pot and cover lightly. Sow the seeds 4-6 mm deep. Water lightly. Keep in shade till they germinate in about 12-15 days. Gradually exposed to full sun. Soil should be moist but not wet. Later keep 2 – 3 healthy seedlings in the pot and discard the rest.
In Ground: To grow in ground, make seedlings first. Once the seedlings are 2 – 3 weeks old, transplant them into their fixed position in your garden. The spacing between plants should be 25 cm. Provide sufficient manure in the ground.
Watering should be done when the soil is dry. Keep it moist. During rains ensure there is no water logging. Feed Bahaar (liquid) fertilizer once in 15 days and later once buds appear feed Maxi grow fertilizer. It will ensure more flowers. Continue once in 7 days till the end of last flowers. To keep the soil enriched, put Biogro (organic manure) once a month.
The Seeds in this packet are mixed colors which include Pink, Mauve, Red, Purple – many with a white eye. Cut back plants after flowering to promote a second flash of blooms. The flowering starts from 70-75 days and continues for many months. The plant attains a height of 30 cm.