Divide Mexican Bush Sage like perennial?

toffee-el(Z8b Sunset Z13 Elev 4650ft)February 20, 2012

Have a rather large Salvia leucantha. I am wondering if I can divide it like perennials? I cut it down in the winter to only a few inches from ground, and surprised to see the base has grown to almost three ft in diameter.

Can I just dig up say 1/4 of it and plant it elsewhere? Will they both survive?

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dicot

Should be fine. I've abused many a root section of S. leucantha and still had them prosper after transplanting. It's like gaura or other sages or mints that spread by stolons as well as seed, those rhizomes are almost like bulbs in their ability to send out new roots and shoots. I once divided a huge S. leucantha into 20 one gallon pots, or so, saved me lots of cash that Christmas.

    Bookmark   February 20, 2012 at 5:52PM
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toffee-el(Z8b Sunset Z13 Elev 4650ft)

Thanks dicot. Think I should dig the whole thing out to be divided or I can just dig out the portion that I wanted to plant elsewhere?

    Bookmark   February 20, 2012 at 6:29PM
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socal23(USDA10/Sunset23)

If you want it to continue to grow in that spot, leave a portion behind, that section won't need to re-establish its root system and will recover faster.

Ryan

    Bookmark   February 20, 2012 at 8:56PM
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hoovb zone 9 sunset 23

Been there, done that, no problems.

    Bookmark   February 22, 2012 at 3:24PM
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