How do you care for homestead verbena?


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Homestead verbena plants require plenty of sunlight, well-draining soil, weekly watering, regular deadheading, fertilization and pest control. Basic gardening items, such as a hose, fertilizer and pest control products, are required. Caring for homestead verbena plants takes only a few minutes each day.

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  1. Use the right kind of soil

    Make sure the plant is grown in light soil with plenty of drainage. If necessary, lighten the soil with leaf mold or compost.

  2. Provide full sunlight

    Keep the plant in an area that gets plenty of sunlight. A lack of sun causes poor blooming and powdery mildew and attracts pests.

  3. Water the plant appropriately

    Provide 1 inch of water to the plant on a weekly basis. Water it more during periods of drought. Keep the soil moist without saturating it.

  4. Fertilize the plant

    For healthy, consistent blossoms, feed the plant a balanced fertilizer once every month.

  5. Deadhead regularly

    To encourage new growth, look for and remove all spent blossoms.

  6. Monitor the plant for pest problems

    Look for signs of infestation. If there is an insect problem, treat the plant accordingly. If you want butterflies to continue to be attracted to the plant, avoid using insecticides. Some pests can be removed using a powerful water hose.

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