Useful in cooking and teas and wonderfully fragrant, verbena is a great garden plant to have around. But how do you get more of it? Keep reading to learn more about common propagation methods for verbena plants.
How to Propagate Verbena
Verbena can be propagated both by cuttings and by seed. If you want to be sure you get a genetic copy of the parent plant, you should grow from cuttings, as verbena seeds don’t always grow true to type.
Propagating Verbena Plants from Seed
To collect verbena seeds, allow a few of your plant’s flowers to die off naturally on the stem. The flowers should be replaced by small brown seed pods. Remove the pods by hand and place them in a dark, airy place to dry for about a week.
After they’ve dried, gently rub the pods between your fingers to free the small light brown seeds inside. Save the seeds until spring. In the spring, sprinkle the seeds over the top of moist soil – don’t cover them. Keep the soil moist and the seeds should germinate in a few weeks.
How to Propagate Verbena from Cuttings
Verbena plants can also be propagated successfully from cuttings. The best time to take cuttings is in late spring, when they are most likely to root. Summer cuttings are tougher and more likely to survive, but they root much more slowly.
Take a cutting that’s 3 inches (7.5 cm.) in length and has no flowers on it. Remove all but the top one or two sets of leaves. Stick the cutting in a small pot of moist, gritty, well-draining growing medium.
Keep the soil moist by covering the whole pot in a plastic bag. After six weeks or so, the cutting should have started to form roots.
And that’s all there is to verbena propagation. Now you can grow more of this plant so there will be some handy anytime you want for its ornamental beauty or herbal use.