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Lady in Red

Posted by livetofish 9B (My Page) on
Fri, Feb 1, 13 at 21:09

The sole Lady in Red is in a pot and despite the mild Houston winter has died down completely.

All other salvias are putting out leaf buds but not this one. Should I just forget about it and buy a new one.

Just don't want to lose a plant that I cared for over last few years.

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RE: Lady in Red

When fast growing sages (and other plants) get old, the work needed to run its vascular system is harder, and they often die . Also, the root system has pretty much used up the best nutrients and has been decomposing, raising the titer of pathogenic micro flora and fauna.

A plant is considered a perennial if it lasts five years. The best way to keep one plant going is to root cuttings or divide the crown every 2 - 3 years. It's a lesson I've learned many times with my collection.

Sometimes the 2 - 3 year old plants make it better through the winter, especially if the replacement cutting was rooted late in the season and had too few roots for its pot.

RE: Lady in Red

My Lady in Red self-seeds like crazy. I have them throughout my garden. They take over the joint if I don't thin them out. every year.


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