Stem Base Leaves Dry Up-Texas - Knowledgebase Question

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Question by cdickerson8
June 18, 2010
My verbena in windowbox and salvia in very large pot both have dried up brown leaves at their base. Verbena blossomed once ,salvia-no blossoms yet. Petunias,asian jasmine vines doing fine in same containers. Watering every other day (Tx.) and Miracle Grow disolvable fertilizer every 10 days. Bought at Home Depot. Does their

Answer from NGA
June 18, 2010


The lower leaves of verbena and salvia tend to die off about this time of year and the best way to treat them is to simply cut them back. If you have lots of flowers and healthy top growth, just clip off the brown leaves at the bottoms of the plants. If your plants have bloomed once, shear them back to encourage healthy new growth, and cut away the browning foliage at the bottoms of the plants. They will respond to their haircuts by developing new growth and new flowers a little later in the season. Enjoy!

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