Casual Observation #29: Russian Sage Cuttings

albert_135(Sunset 2 or 3)June 1, 2008

In the high deserts of the Great Basin there is a popular ornamental called Russian Sage (No one seems to know the genus or species or variety. It looks like the pictures of Russian Sage at

Last fall or early winter I trimmed mine and buried the lower ends of a few dozen cuttings in a trench about six to eight inches deep. That's it. Nothing more.

About half of them now have roots and shoots. All those that have roots and shoots are older, longer cuttings with rough bark on the lower half. Younger cuttings with smother bark the entire lenght have no roots or shoots.

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albert_135(Sunset 2 or 3)

Similarly I noted that cuttings with the rough bark in potting soil in pots rooted and those with the smooth bark did not.

    Bookmark   June 3, 2008 at 2:16PM
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very interesting, i have read that winter rooting is very easy to do. so i could see how fall would be also. but everyone always says softwood is better. so that is strange. but cool!! LOL

    Bookmark   June 4, 2008 at 1:29PM
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petzold6596(8b southern NM)

Many plants are best rooted from second year growth. Sage happens to be one of them.

    Bookmark   June 4, 2008 at 8:27PM
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albert_135(Sunset 2 or 3)

One of the first cuttings placed in the trench, perhaps as early as last October, just this week put out a shoot.

For about nine months now that section of the trench has shown no activity.

    Bookmark   July 23, 2008 at 1:35PM
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