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There is something about the Tall Verbena that is so enchanting, with their long stems that sways the flower beautifully in the wind. For me, they create a feeling of freedom in the garden. That's why I chose to sow tall verbena. Let’s get started! Make sure to follow my journey if you also want to create a sense of being free in your garden.

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How to sow Tall Verbina – step by step

Step 1: Get the ingredients
You need this to get started: Tall Verbena seeds, sowing soil, pots, vermiculite, and grow lights.

Step 2: How to plant
Sow sparsely in damp soil and cover the seeds with a thin layer of vermiculite. Make sure you have grow lights for this one. The optimal temperature for the seeds to germinate is between 18-20 C. It can take up to 3 to 4 weeks before you see sprouts coming up from the soil. The ideal pre-cultivation period is February to March.

Know your seed
Plant placement: sun
Plant spacing: 30 cm
Row spacing: 30 cm
Sowing depth: 0,2 cm
Harvest time: July - October

Step 3: Development time
It take some time for Tall Verbena to development, so don’t lose hope! If the seeds do not germinate, it may be because they need to be activated by cold. Try to put the seeds in the fridge (or outside if it's not too cold) for about 4-6 weeks. It might actually help the first sprouts to see the day of light (or the interior of the fridge).

Step 4: Placement
When the sprouts start coming, put them in a sunny place. The Tall Verbena originates from South America, and really likes the sun.

Step 5: Attract pollinators
If you want to attract pollinators all summer, tall verbenas are the plants to go for. Their rich nectar is particularly popular with all sorts of bees and hoverflies, which are very useful for controlling aphids in the rest of the garden. Tall Verbena bloom from July and well into autumn, and are an excellent flower to have in the background of a planting.