When to pot up

penny1947(z6 WNY)November 10, 2006

This year I decided to do cuttings of some of my favorite salvias instead of trying to bring plants inside for the winter here in the northeast. I waited as long as I could to take the cutting to minimize the length of time for being indoors. Well all the cuttings rooted very quickly and are in indivdual 3 inch pots. It is only early Nov. and I will have at least another 4 1/2 months before they can go back into the ground although if our winter isn't too severe and we get an early spring I could at least put them out on my porch or even into my mini 3 shelf greenhouse prior to planting them out. My question is how long can they stay in these 3 inch pots and still survive. I am sure they will be root bound before it is time to put them outside.


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rich_dufresne(z7 NC)

You do need to be careful here. I've killed many small plants by potting up this late in the season.

Part of the answer is to guess accurately that the season will allow continued growth, and that going to a somewhat larger size will work. Definitely do not bump up into a much larger size. You will lose the plant then because the soil will not only be too cool, but it will remain wet with the same water for long periods.

Some species are better than others. Salvia sinaloensis definitely is a plant that likes dry and warm soil and does not mind being a bit potbound.

When you go to pot up the plant, make sure there are a lot of solid white to near white roots. See:

Here is a link that might be useful:

    Bookmark   November 10, 2006 at 1:25PM
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penny1947(z6 WNY)

Rich thank you so much for jumping in here. So far, they are all ok in the 3 inch pots with no roots coming through yet but I wanted to be prepared ahead of time and not wait until I see roots entangled on the outside of the pots. I am trying to keep them in a somewhat cooler room so that they aren't growing too quickly. In fact they were all sheltered on the porch until our temps hit the 30 degree mark for 3 days last week. Thank you also for the link.


    Bookmark   November 10, 2006 at 1:50PM
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