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Divide Mexican Bush Sage like perennial?

Posted by toffee-el Z9 Sunset Z13 SoCal (My Page) on
Mon, Feb 20, 12 at 13:54

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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RE: Divide Mexican Bush Sage like perennial?

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.


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RE: Divide Mexican Bush Sage like perennial?

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?


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RE: Divide Mexican Bush Sage like perennial?

  • Posted by socal23 USDA10/Sunset23 (My Page) on
    Mon, Feb 20, 12 at 20:56

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


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RE: Divide Mexican Bush Sage like perennial?

  • Posted by hoovb z9 Southern CA (My Page) on
    Wed, Feb 22, 12 at 15:24

Been there, done that, no problems.


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