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When should I cut back my purple sage?

Posted by GMOFREEGUY none (jeremys_email28@yahoo.com) on
Thu, Sep 19, 13 at 15:55

This is my first time growing sage and I picked up a purple cutting from a nursery. Its been doing really well since i planted it in my garden and its probably about ten inches tall now. Ive been reading that cutting it back will promote the bushiness but I just dont know when to do it. How big should i let it get before doing this?


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RE: When should I cut back my purple sage?

Where do you live?


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RE: When should I cut back my purple sage?

In northern california in the yuba sutter area. So im kind of in the valley in rice field territory


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RE: When should I cut back my purple sage?

I live in the Central Valley and have found that it is wise to leave the pruning until the Salvias start sending out new growth in the spring. Prune back to new growth.


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RE: When should I cut back my purple sage?

Okay cool how big should I expect it to get overall? Its just in a 5 gallon pot right now but if its supposed to get really big Ill move it to something with more space in the spring


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RE: When should I cut back my purple sage?

Purple sage can mean any of a number of Salvias. Which species and form is it?


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RE: When should I cut back my purple sage?

Well, if it's happy with your temperature range, and it's a California native, it's most likely Salvia leucophylla.

If that's the case, then it's probably a good idea to tip it now so that the coming shrub is good and branched.

S. leucophylla often grows over 5 feet tall in as many years, but the Point Sal variety tends to remain about 3 feet by 3 feet. I recommend either a pretty big, draining pot or to put it in the ground.


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RE: When should I cut back my purple sage?

Its actually salvia officinalus. The leaves are a really bright purple and green


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RE: When should I cut back my purple sage?

If you are gardening in a flood plain or on a hillside where runoff channels, a raised bed with drainage and some lime would be useful. Sages can do well in damp soil, but their roots must have air.

Mediterranean sages like S. officianalis like limy soils as well.


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RE: When should I cut back my purple sage?

Yeah I do live in a flood plain area but my house is elevated a lot from the street and we havent had any major flooding since ive lived here so it should be okay.

Cool sounds like im doing pretty good with it then. I got some really great soil thats nice for drainage and its nice and airy for it. And I had to had dylomite lime to the soil when I got it


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