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02/10/2013 at 17:59

Hi I have two verbena tall plants,that have flowered so lovely,

but would like to know,if i should cut them down now,or let

leaves die first,also are they hardy enough to stand our

scottish winters

                           thanks Jean

02/10/2013 at 18:12

I doubt they'll survive up there.

Collect seed and sow in spring for next year.

02/10/2013 at 18:20

You could cut them down and pot them up to keep in a porch or conservatory,

02/10/2013 at 18:25

thanks fidgetbones for prompt answer,

isee i will have to nurse them or loose them

02/10/2013 at 18:36

thanks Lyn i will do that .

02/10/2013 at 20:07

Look around.   Are,there any seedlings?  I have had already dug up and potted a dozen or so as I do every year. Then overwinter in GH.

02/10/2013 at 20:13

The seed is winter hardy (and we get some very low temps, the coldest recorded in England was not far from here). So if you leave a plant to self seed, you  will almost certainly get smoe new plants next Spring, probably far more than you want!

02/10/2013 at 21:50

I would echo that - I planted one ages ago, and now have seedlings galore every year without having to do anything.  Having said that, it is pretty easy to weed out the ones in the wrong place, they are pretty well behaved.

02/10/2013 at 22:00

I too have hard winters but seed survive so I get surprise verbenas popping up.  Haven't had to relocate or dig up any yet as they are, effectively, transparent so look well almost anywhere.   This year I shall watch for the seeds being ripe and then shake the seed heads where I think I could do with more.

02/10/2013 at 22:15

In North East England unusual to get them through the winter. Don't find seedlings either (this is in a nursery with quite a few plants) sants. Made it through last year but not a cold winter in comparison to norml winter but took a long time to get away.

02/10/2013 at 23:23

I planted 4 plants last year & 3 survived. I put a heap of compost on top, having cut them down after flowering but they're in a sheltered position. They're still flowering just now but doubt if this winter will be as mild as last!!

I also had 1 in a pot which wintered in the garage & was ok.

Aren't there a lot of "Jeans" on here??!!

02/10/2013 at 23:37

The reason for digging up seedlings is to put them exactly where you want them. I associate them with grasses, to reflect in front of yellow conifers, to add height precisely where I want to.  I even had one close to a yellow dahlia and elsewhere behind dahlia bishop of llandaff and both associations look good amd for a very lomg time. In addition the foliage is not really attractive and is very coarse...??ou wouldn't want them growing near a path, for example.  Again,,the positioning of bonariensis is important minimise the appearance of the foliage yet still have those lovely airy flowers making their show.  Yes, pot up and place them, in my opinion.

In cold areas seedlings  may not survive.  That's why I say,,look for them now.  Pot them up and ??ou have made sure of your stock for next year

03/10/2013 at 21:17

my plants survived last winter-surprisingly. However i have noticed one seddling which having read this thread, i will pot up and plant next spring.

05/10/2013 at 10:44

Thanks for the info on this thread, grew some for the first time this year and they took an age to germinate but I have several all still flowering so no seedlings yet that I can see

I'm hoping that that they self seed and survive the winter but might cut down a couple and pot up for  winter in the cold frame.

05/10/2013 at 13:58

Not the sort of plants to dig up and pot up Hollie.  They usually have loNg straggly roots.  

26/10/2013 at 15:21

  thank you all for your replies,lots help and tips , yes there are a few Jeans on the go gardening must be in our { Jeans}..(  Clematis  ) do the have second flush if you

dead head? or best left alone thanks

26/10/2013 at 15:57

Depends on the variety.  Group 2s will if you dead head once the first flush is over at the end of June/beginning of July and give them a feed.

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