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Tuscany® Lavender Picotee Verbena Seeds

Tuscany® Lavender Picotee Verbena Seeds

Award-winning Colors on Nonstop Flowers!

(P) Pkt of 25 seeds
Item # 51904-PK-P1

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A dainty presence in garden and container, this compact, mounded Verbena is packed with more flower power than you might believe possible from such a neat little plant. Winner of Europe's top award for unique flower color and unbeatable bloom strength, it is now ready to regale your garden with the same show -- and it will do it from seed!

Tuscany® is a bloom machine, beginning in late spring, continuing through summer (no matter what the weather does!) and going well into fall -- up to frost in some areas! The flowers are small and very tightly, densely borne on big, rounded clusters above large, toothy green foliage. The buds may remind you of Pelargonium: a big spray of elongated buds that all open at about the same time to create a pompon of long-lasting color. And here each petal is outlined in darker purple, making the sheer number of flowers stand out even more!

A well-branched, bushy plant, Tuscany® Lavender Picotee reaches no more than 8 to 10 inches high, but will spread nearly 2 feet wide if given the space -- or stay smaller in containers, if that is what's available. It's a great choice for large plantings on slopes, banks, and other garden areas where you worry about soil erosion or have trouble getting other plants to root in. But it also makes a fine ornamental presence lolling over the sides of planters, baskets, window boxes, and tubs! And the sunny to partly shaded annual bed is its natural home, where it hugs the ground as a lovely foreground carpet to taller plants.

There has never been a purple-edged lavender Verbena, so clearly the time has come! Even the foliage of Tuscany® is good looking, with fresh green tones on dense branching. This is a plant that doesn't mind drought, stands up to heat and humidity, and serves as a siren call to hummingbirds throughout summer. Those little flowers each have a yellow-green center surrounded by a halo of white, like a bullseye for long, slender beaks to sip nectar!

For length and number of blooms, there is simply no outdoing Tuscany®. Find new places to tuck this little plant so that you can enjoy even more nosegays of fascinating two-tone color. The flower clusters make excellent cuts for a breakfast table bouquet!

Perennial in zones 7-10, this Verbena is fast-growing annual farther north, offering months of colorful coverage for all your challenging garden spots -- and lovely accents for basket, box, or tub! Packet is 25 seeds.

Verbena Germination Information

Verbena is the botanical name for Vervain
Verbena Seed Germination How to Sow Verbena:
  • Sow indoors, 12-14 weeks before last frost, at a temperature of 70-75°
  • Expect germination in 20-25 days
  • As darkness is necessary for germination, sow seeds at a depth of 4 times the size of the seeds or cover the seed flat with black plastic
  • Remove the cover at first sign of germination. Seedlings are subject to damping off
  • When sowing seed outdoors, we recommend a maximum planting depth of 4X the width of the seed

How to Grow Verbena:
Transplanting: Transplant when there are at least two sets of true leaves

Spacing: Space 12 inches apart in full sun

Soil: Site in a light, rich, well-drained soil. Allow the soil to dry out between waterings

Temperature: Site in full sun, provide 55° nights

Additional Care:  As a group they are very tolerant of drought, exposure, wind, heat, humidity, and pollution. The perennial types can get straggly, so cut back hard in early spring or resow seeds each year

Appearance and Use:

For use in borders, bedding, edging, for cut flowers, and in conservatories. The following have square stems, lobed or toothed green leaves, and small tubular flowers in spikes or rounded clusters. V. bipinnatifida, Dakota Verbena, is a prostrate grower to 15 inches tall with light purple to lavender blue flowers. Zone 4; native to the mid-western United States. V. x hybrida, Garden Verbena, grows 6-18 inches tall with blue, red, white, purple, lilac, pink, or yellow, fragrant flowers. It is a hybrid annual of no direct nativity. V. rigida is a spreader growing 12-24 inches tall with fragrant, deep blue to purple flowers. Zones 7-10; native to South America

About Verbena:
Pronunciation:  ver-be’nå
Lifecycle:  Perennial/Annual
Origination: Verbenaceae; nativity in text below
Common Name: Vervain

Superior Germination Through Superior Science

Park's Superior Seeds Park Seed's humidity- and temperature-controlled seed storage vault Park Seed offers some of the highest-quality vegetable and flower seeds available in the industry, and there are a number of reasons for this.

First of all, we have humidity- and temperature-controlled storage, and we never treat any of our seeds with chemicals or pesticides. Nor do we ever sell GMO's (genetically modified seeds), so you always know the products you're buying from us are natural as well as safe for you and the environment.

Superior Standards - University Inspected

Testing seeds against minimum germination standards To make sure we are providing the best seed product possible and that our customers will get the highest number of seedlings from every packet, we conduct our own germination testing and have quality-control measures in every stage of our seed-handling operation. We hold ourselves to standards that are at or above federal and state standards, including testing specific crops more frequently than recommended by federal guidelines. And in order to maintain our organic certification, we welcome Clemson University to inspect us annually to make sure our organic seeds, which are stored and processed separately, are being handled properly.

Hand Packed By Experienced Technicians

Park Seed has been handling and packing vegetable and flower seeds for 145 years, a history that has given us a great understanding of how each variety should be cared for and maintained throughout every step of theprocess, from collection to shipping.

When packing our seeds, the majority are actually done by hand (with extreme care!), and we often over-pack them, so you're receiving more than the stated quantity.

The Park Seed Gold Standard

Park Seed's exclusive Fresh-Pak gold foil seed packets And many of our seeds are packed in our exclusive Fresh-Pak gold foil packets, which are lined to keep moisture out, so the seeds stay fresher for longer. We carefully pack very tiny or fragile seeds in crush-proof vials to ensure safe delivery to your home. Some of the small seeds are also offered as "pellets" (have a clay coating) to make sowing and growing easier.

When it comes to the kinds of seeds we offer, we are constantly seeking something new and provide many unique and hard-to-find varieties from all around the world. Our on-staff horticulturists are ready and available to share their expertise to help you with the success of these seeds, so you can grow a beautiful and productive garden!
Does Park sell GMO's or treated seeds?
GMO freeIt is important for our customers to know that Park Seed does not sell GMO or treated seed. We do buy a small amount of traditional hybrid seed from Seminis, a division of Monsanto Co., but that is all we purchase from them.

What are the differences between organic, heirloom, and hybrid seed?
Basically, organic seeds are seeds that are produced without the use and exposure to artificial/chemical fertilizers, insecticides, fungicides, herbicides, and other chemicals. They have to be grown, harvested, stored, and handled under very strict organic rules and procedures. All of our organic seeds are USDA 100% certified organic through Clemson University and the certificate has to be renewed yearly.

Heirloom Seeds are open-pollinated -- they are not hybrids. You can gather and save heirloom seed from year to year and they will grow true to type every year, so they can be passed down through generations. To be considered an heirloom, a variety would have to be at least from the 1940's and 3 generations old (many varieties are much older -- some 100 years or more!).

Hybrid seed are the product of cross-pollination between 2 different parent plants, resulting in a new plant/seed that is different from the parents. Unlike Heirloom seed, hybrid seed need to be re-purchased new every year (and not saved). They usually will not grow true to type if you save them, but will revert to one of the parents they were crossed with and most likely look/taste different in some way.

What are pelleted seeds? Why do you use them? How do I handle/sow them?
Pelleted pentas seedsExtremely small seed such as Petunias and Pentas are shipped as pelleted seed to make them easier to handle and sow. Pelleted seed are coated, usually with clay, to make them larger in size. After sowing, the coating will dissolve when wet and the seed will germinate. Pelleted seeds are shipped in vials placed inside seed packets, which protects them from being crushed. When sowing, be certain to use thoroughly moistened soil, to be sure that the clay coating absorbs enough moisture to dissolve. For sowing pelleted Petunia seeds, place the seeds directly on the soil surface and do not cover with soil, as light aids in the germination.

What is ideal temperature to germinate most seeds?
The ideal temperature to germinate most seeds is approximately 70 degrees F; give or take 1-2 degrees either way. This would be a good germination temperature for most flower and vegetable seeds and would be the most practical and feasible temperatures achieved for gardeners starting seeds in the home. You will notice for some seeds that it is recommended to use alternating day (warmer), night (cooler), temperatures, which is fine if one can provide such conditions. But most people are unable to provide those temperatures in a home setting, so just use the overall 70 degree F recommendation and the seeds should germinate well.

How long should grow lights be kept on per day and how close to the plants should the light be kept?
For germination and seedling/plant growth, you want to simulate the natural day-night cycles, and as a general rule, grow lights should be on 8-12 hours per day and off at night. You can vary this timing, as some seeds such as tomato, pepper, petunia, impatiens, and others, benefit from 14-17 hours of light per day (and the remainder of the 24 hour period in darkness). The most common grow lights used are fluorescent; using cool white, warm white, and wide-spectrum fluorescent tubes. These lights work well for germination and for growing plants up to a transplantable size. Fluorescent lights should be kept close though, 3-6 inches above the soil or the growing plants, adjusting the height as the plants grow.

How long will seeds keep in storage?
Park Seed stores seed in a special temperature- and humidity-controlled storage facility, which keeps seeds in excellent condition. Our seeds should be good for at least 1-2 years on average. Seed viability and storage time will vary depending on the seed item; some will keep a shorter time and some will keep longer. Seeds should be stored in a cool, dark, dry place. A basement will do (if not too humid), or a cool, dark room or closet. We recommend the best way to extend seed storage life is to store them in something air tight, such as a plastic zipper storage bag or canning jar, and place it in the refrigerator. This will extend the life of seeds for many years.

What is the best way to store seeds over a longer time period?
We recommend the best way to extend seed storage life is to store seeds in something air tight, such as a plastic zipper storage bag or canning jar, and place it in the refrigerator. This will extend the life of seeds for many years.

What depth should I sow various seeds?
When sowing seed outdoors, we recommend a maximum planting depth of 4X the width of the seed. When sowing seed indoors, the planting depth can be less, depending on the seed being sown, so it is always best to check specific directions. Here are some general guidelines concerning planting depth in relation to seed size: Tiny, dust-like seeds need to be sown on the surface of the growing medium or soil, uncovered, as they need light to germinate. The planting depth for small seed can be anywhere from barely covering, to 1/8-inch deep, to possibly 1/4-inch deep, depending on the recommendation. Medium seed should be planted at 1/4- to 1/2-inch deep, depending on the recommendation. Larger seeds can be planted 1-inch or deeper, depending on the recommendation.

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