Verbena is a plant with a long and mysterious history. There are many myths and legends about it. Verbena has an attractive appearance, healing properties and a wonderful smell, which has long been used by perfumers to create aromatic compositions. Verbena is also credited with magical powers, and many believe in them.
Verbena appeared in our gardens for a very long time, but it is still popular with both professional gardeners and amateurs.
- How to sow verbena seeds?
- How to grow healthy plant seedlings?
- How to care for verbena in the garden?
Read about it in our article.
Video about growing verbena
How to sow verbena for seedlings
We are often asked to tell how to sow verbena . There is nothing complicated in this process: like all small seeds, verbena seeds need to be sown superficially in warm soil. That is, the soil before sowing should be shed with hot water, almost boiling water, and wait until it cools slightly. Hot water will disinfect the soil, and then, when you cover the crops with a lid, a greenhouse effect forms over the surface of the substrate, which will accelerate the germination of seeds.
When is best to sow verbena
Verbena seeds germinate in different ways. Sometimes the shoots appear very quickly, especially after treatment with the Bud, and sometimes the first shoots have to wait a long time. The speed of emergence of seedlings depends on the quality of the seed material and the timing of sowing. The reference literature says that verbena needs to be sown in February, but in my own practice and the example of my neighbor, who has been growing verbena for many years, I was convinced that the March crops of this plant germinate better than February.
The fact is that the seeds of verbena have an underdeveloped embryo, and during storage, a hidden process of maturation of the embryo takes place in them, which ends in time for March. Therefore, the seeds sown in March , germinate better.
Care for seedlings of verbena
Preventive treatment of seedlings from fungi
When seedlings appear, you need to immediately place them on the lightest window sill and arrange an additional light source for seedlings, because in conditions of insufficient lighting, the verbena will begin to stretch and may become ill with a black leg or other fungal diseases. In case of seedling infection, you should keep different fungicides in your flower medicine cabinet: Phytosporin , Gliokladin tablets, Alirin-B, Gamair, Phytolavin. Make it a rule to spill seedlings for preventive purposes with fungicidal solutions, not only verbena seedlings, but also petunias , lobelia and other plants with small seeds.
Pinching the top of the seedlings
When the verbena reaches a height of 5-7 cm, and its bushes become sturdy, pinch the crown of the seedlings, but in no case do it with your hands! So you only remember the plant. Perform the procedure with sharp nail scissors: it will turn out faster and safer for seedlings. After pinching, the bushes will begin to branch better.
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Verbena is represented by different garden forms: there is bush verbena, there is ampoule, the shoots of which hang from hanging baskets and a pot, there is a border verbena, which is low bushes branching from the base, and there are specially bred verbena varieties that do not need to be pinched. Information about whether the seedlings need a pinch should be on sachets with seeds. There are a huge number of varieties of verbena: with pale pink, white, blue and very dark, almost black flowers.
On the eve of Valentine's Day, I remembered that many legends were composed about verbena. Both positive and negative magical properties are attributed to her: verbena was included in both the love potion and the lapel potion, but for the love potion, the verbena needed to be torn in the morning, and for the lapel in the twilight or at night.
There was such a belief: if you take the narrowed by the hand and press a verbena flower with his hand to his palm, he will connect you with each other forever. They also say that verbena attracts love, peace and harmony into the house, so do not miss the moment and sow verbena right now.
If you sow verbena in February or March, it will bloom very quickly and will bloom until the frost. Do not forget to timely cut away the wilted inflorescences so that seeds are not tied in them, on ripening of which the plant will spend the forces necessary for it to bloom. If you come to the site only on weekends, be sure to remove the wilted flowers on your every visit, and then side shoots will begin to develop on the bushes, which will form new inflorescences.
In order for verbena to bloom profusely, it needs top dressing with potash fertilizers: potassium humate, potassium sulfate or complexes for flowering plants, in which the nitrogen component is reduced.
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You see, there is nothing complicated in sowing and growing verbena seedlings. Try to grow verbena and be sure to share your experience with us.