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Transplanting / Dividing Perennial Salvia

Posted by krahn 5 (My Page) on
Wed, May 3, 06 at 0:20

I have just attempted to divide and transplant what I believe to be Perennial Blue Salvia. The shoots are approximately 12 inches long and since I dug them out to transplant them 3 days ago,most of the shoots are drooping or wilting. Should these perk up or is there something I could / should do?

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RE: Transplanting / Dividing Perennial Salvia

Have you given them water AND shade until they recover? You also might need to prune them back a bit.

RE: Transplanting / Dividing Perennial Salvia

They've had plenty of water and shade the first couple of days after transplanting because we've had rain and little sunshine. They do seem to be looking a little better today. The next day or so is supposed to be sunny so do I need to shade them somehow? Does it matter how far I prune them back?

RE: Transplanting / Dividing Perennial Salvia

My gardening buddy has pulled up lots of black&blue sage, bog sage and other perennials over the years to share with me. I find that maximum survival rate is obtained by potting the plants (not individually;I just gather bunches of stalks of the same kind)and setting them in the shade and keeping them watered for maybe a week. By that time, they've recovered from the shock and are all perked up. You can then separate them or leave them in bunches and plant them in the garden.

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