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Verbena, Twister Pink

Short Description

Early bloomer with large flowers keeps producing until frost.

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Large bicolor flowers with dizzy swirling patterns in pink-and-white serenely complemented by dark-green foliage. Hardy, heat- and drought-tolerant 12-14" plants are early bloomers, flower like crazy until first frost, flinging out trailing vines that tumble out of hanging pots and patio containers. Easy upkeep plants flourish in sun and shade.
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Sun The amount of sunlight this product needs daily in order to perform well in the garden. Full sun means 6 hours of direct sun per day; partial sun means 2-4 hours of direct sun per day; shade means little or no direct sun.

Full Sun, Part Sun

Height The typical height of this product at maturity.

12-14 inches

Spread The width of the plant at maturity.

12-14 inches

Ornamental Use Ways in which the product may be used in the garden for ornamental effect.

Beds, Borders

Life Cycle This refers to whether a plant is an annual, biennial or perennial. Annuals complete their life cycles in one year; biennials produce foliage the first year and bloom and go to seed the second year; perennials can live for more than two years.

Annual

Growth Habit The genetic tendency of a plant to grow in a certain shape, such as vining or bush like.

Mound

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May 07, 2018

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  • Verbenas

    Verbenas
    Start Indoors Start Indoors Starting seeds indoors is called Indoor Sow or Indirect Sow and these dates are when to sow seeds indoors in the spring or summer
    Transplant Transplant When to transplant bulbs or roots in the garden for spring
    Start Outdoors Start Outdoors Starting seeds outdoors is called Outdoor Sow or Direct Sow and these dates are when to sow seeds outdoors in the spring or summer
    Start Indoors Fall Start Indoors Fall Starting seeds indoors in the fall called Indoor Sow or Indirect Sow and these dates are when to sow seeds outdoors in the fall
    Transplant Fall Transplant Fall Transplant Fall-When to transplant bulbs or roots in the garden for fall
    Start Outdoors Fall Start Outdoors Fall Starting seeds outdoors in the fall is called Outdoor Sow or Direct Sow and these dates are when to sow seeds outdoors in the fall
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How to Sow and Plant

Annual verbena may be grown from seed sown early indoors, or from potted plants.

Sowing Seed Indoors:

  • Sow verbena 8-10 weeks before the last frost.
  • Water the seed flat the night before sowing because seeds are sensitive to high moisture.
  • Sow seeds 1/8 inch deep in seed starting formula.
  • Bottom heat speeds germination, keep the soil temperature 65-75 degrees F.
  • Keep evenly moist.
  • Seedlings emerge in about 20 days.
  • As soon as seedlings emerge, provide plenty of light on a sunny windowsill or grow seedlings 3-4 inches beneath fluorescent plant lights turned on 16 hours per day, off for 8 hours at night. Raise the lights as the plants grow taller. Incandescent bulbs will not work for this process because they will get too hot. Most plants require a dark period to grow, do not leave lights on for 24 hours.
  • Seedlings do not need much fertilizer, feed when they are 3-4 weeks old using a starter solution (half strength of a complete indoor houseplant food) according to manufacturer’s directions.
  • If you are growing in small cells, you may need to transplant the seedlings to 3 or 4 inch pots when seedlings have at least 2 pairs of true leaves before transplanting to the garden so they have enough room to develop strong roots
  • Before planting in the garden, seedling plants need to be “hardened off”. Accustom young plants to outdoor conditions by moving them to a sheltered place outside for a week. Be sure to protect them from wind and hot sun at first. If frost threatens at night, cover or bring containers indoors, then take them out again in the morning. This hardening off process toughens the plant’s cell structure and reduces transplant shock and scalding.

Planting in the Garden:

  • Select a location in full sun with good rich moist organic, well-drained soil.
  • Prepare the bed by turning the soil under to a depth of 6-12, inches removing any debris, and lightly raking as level as possible.
  • The addition of organic matter (leaf mold, compost, well-rotted manure) benefits all gardens and is essential in recently constructed neighborhoods.
  • Plant on a cloudy day or in late afternoon to reduce transplant shock.
  • Dig a hole for each plant, approximately 12 inches apart large enough to amply accommodate the root ball.
  • Unpot the plant and gently loosen the root ball with your hands to encourage good root growth.
  • Place the top of the root ball even with the level of the surrounding soil. Fill with soil to the top of the root ball. Press soil down firmly with your hand.
  • Use the plant tag as a location marker.
  • Water well.
  • Keep weeds under control during the growing season. Weeds compete with plants for water, space and nutrients, so control them by either cultivating often or use a mulch to prevent their seeds from germinating.
  • Mulches also help retain soil moisture and maintain even soil temperatures. For annuals an organic mulch of shredded leaves lends a natural look to the bed and will improve the soil as it breaks down in time. Always keep mulches off a plant’s stems to prevent possible rot.
  • Plants need about 1 inch of rain per week during the growing season. Use a rain gauge to check to see if you need to add water. It's best to water with a drip or trickle system that delivers water at low pressure at the soil level. If you water with overhead sprinklers, water early in the day so the foliage has time to dry off before evening, to minimize disease problems. Keep the soil moist but not saturated.
  • Until plants become established, some protection from extreme winds and direct, hot sunlight may be necessary. Good air movement is also important.
  • After new growth appears, a light fertilizer may be applied. Keep granular fertilizers away from the plant crown and foliage to avoid burn injury. Use low rates of a slow release fertilizer, as higher rates may encourage root rots.
  • Remove spent flower heads to keep plants flowering until fall.
  • Monitor for pests and diseases. Check with your local Cooperative Extension Service for pest controls recommended for your area.
  • Remove plants after they are killed by frost in fall to avoid disease issues the following year.
  • Deadhead or shear back verbenas after the main flush of flowers to encourage re-bloom.
  • Use verbenas to add bright color to any sunny planting in dry, well-drained soil.
  • Combine them with nasturtium, gazanias, blanket flowers, lavenders, achillea, sedums, purple coneflower, and yuccas.
  • Garden verbenas make good edging and container plants.
  • They also attract butterflies, beneficial insects, and hummingbirds to the garden.
Sun
Full Sun, Part Sun
Height
12-14 inches
Spread
12-14 inches
Ornamental Use
Beds, Borders
Life Cycle
Annual
Growth Habit
Mound
Sow Method
Indoor Sow
Flowering
Yes
Bloom Duration
12 weeks
Flower color
Pink, White
Verbena, Twister Pink is rated 3.0 out of 5 by 3.
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Disappointed I planted this flower in the front of my house and also in containers on my deck. As the pics show, they flourished in the bed but dried up in the containers. The flower bed goes in and out of sun, but the containers are in the sun all day. You advertise full to partial sun but obviously these can't take full sun
Date published: 2017-07-25
Rated 1 out of 5 by from I am sad to say but they all died, me and another lady split them and hers died also. I was very disappointed.
Date published: 2016-09-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautiful and Heat Tolerant! This flower is lovely and withstood our Texas heat last summer without any problem. I will be purchasing this charming verbena again this year.
Date published: 2016-01-21
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