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Moving Salvia melissodora

Posted by wantonamara 8bTx (My Page) on
Tue, Nov 19, 13 at 18:59

I am a lurker here. I have a good sized Salvia melissodora It was planted near the edge of tree shadow on the north side of the tree. It use to get good morning and some afternoon sun. But the tree has grown and it is in more and more shaded and I want to move it. It is growing rangy and not blooming as much. It is about 4-5' tall. Should I try to move it this winter (Central Texas winter)? Is it too large of a plant to move. Is there a proper time to move it? What should I watch out for? How mych heat, sun and poor soil can this plant take? I am on a limestone hill with lots of rubble and caliche they call soil .

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RE: Moving Salvia melissodora

I grew one for about 5 years in New Jersey, digging the mature plant each fall and putting on the porch. It did quite well with this treatment. If i lived in a milder climate and I was transplanting it out doors to out doors I would probably wait until the worst of winter is over before moving it.

RE: Moving Salvia melissodora

After II made this entry, I saw your description of moving Melissodora about. I guess I will try it later. I was hoping to do it now before the worst of winter because our summers are so brutal and I find giving things time to settle in before the onslaught of summer is usually advisable. That said , I worry about the rotting of salvia roots in the cold. That usual machts nichts situation, except it DOES matter. Fall and winter is the best time to garden here usually..

RE: Moving Salvia melissodora

Now would be the optimal time to lift, divide and relocate perinneal plants in the DFW area. With cool wet weather coming plants will suffer little or no shock from being disturbed.

RE: Moving Salvia melissodora

S. melissodora is a mesquite-type of plant, which means that the fine root hairs that actually do the work of absorbing moisture and nutrients may be far away from the trunk. Working your way through the rubble might be difficult. You may need to prune the top back if there are few fine roots. Also, leave medium to narrow stems on the top, since it is usually the newer stems that have the active nodes for new growth.

RE: Moving Salvia melissodora

Good to know about the roots, and the to making sure I know my nodes.

I doubt I will get deeper than a foot in this dirt. I will try, but this plant went into an area of 4" of topsoil and was a 4" plant in a small hole.

Even though the roots are close to 10 yrs old, the plant growth is about two years at its oldest. the a big freeze of 13 degrees and subsequent "drought of record" knocked this plant to the ground and made it a no show for almost 2 years. The branches could be cut back pretty far, most likely, I think.

RE: Moving Salvia melissodora another year

OOps. After I posted, everyone in my family and me got the swine flu and then some scary complications . Then we had two whopper cold fronts and 16F has froze it back to its roots and did havoc in my agave collection. I threw my back out moving plants, chainsawing and helping husband put wheels on a 250LB wood shaper. I am just now getting pick axe worthy. I guess the plant is in shock from the cold and maybe , I should forget this for the year and see if it made it through the winter.

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