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How to take verbena cuttings

You will need

  • Verbena plants
  • Sharp knife
  • 10cm pots
  • Free-draining compost (multi-purpose and perlite mix - see Adam's tip)
  • Rooting hormone (liquid or powder)
  • Clear polythene bags and rubber bands
Do it: July - September
Takes just: 45 minutes


Summer is the ideal time to take verbena cuttings. Overwinter the semi-hardy perennials in a frost-free place and you'll have a fresh, healthy supply of verbena plants next year to replace any in the garden that have been killed by frost.

How to do it

Taking shoot-tip cuttings from verbena

1Take cuttings in the morning when shoots are at their firmest. Choose non-flowering sideshoots from either side of the main stem.

Removing lower leaves

2Trim below a leaf joint to take a cutting about 7.5cm long. Carefully remove lower leaves so that the cutting has a length of bare stem that can be cleanly inserted into the compost.

Inserting verbena cuttings

3Dip the cut end of the stem into rooting hormone mixture and insert into pots filled with gritty compost.

Covering verbena cutting

4Water well, pop inside a clear polythene bag and seal with a rubber band. Place in a warm bright position to root, but protect from scorching sunshine.

Check for roots

5Check for signs of white roots growing through the drainage holes in the base of the pot. When these are visible (within six weeks), pot each cutting up separately.

Adam's tip

Cuttings root well in a sharp-draining compost, so use a mix of equal parts multi-purpose compost and perlite.
Pot on cuttings into 7.5cm pots, as these are a more convenient size to overwinter than larger plants and more successful than lifting established plants.

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Gweno 24/11/2011 at 15:29

I am so made up to find this & just in time too ! I have one of these in my front garden & Love it. Want it everywhere but cant afford to buy lots so perfect to be able to take my own cuttings. Thank you very much :)

teaman 24/11/2011 at 15:29

Roots are now showing. When I pot these on , will I need to keep them inside? Have not got a green house. Many thanks for great website.

lazydaisy 24/11/2011 at 15:30

I'd like to know if teh same applies to V. bonareinsis too, please. And is there any advantage in taking cuttings above potting up self sown seedlings and parent plants?

Blomst 24/11/2011 at 15:30

Can I do this with Verbena bonariensis as well?
Do I keep them inside trough winter? I live far north.
It would be so helpfull as I sow V. bonariensis in loads every winter.

svalga 24/11/2011 at 15:30

None of mine came up this year and I was loathed to spend more money on new plants this year however with this advice I will give them another go, thanks for advice

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