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Salvias are a large group of plants popular for adding colour to borders in late summer. The perennial types vary in hardiness so a good way to safeguard against winter losses is to root cuttings. This is simple to do and it is satisfying to share these long-flowering plants with friends.
Salvia x jamensis 'La Luna'. Image: RHS/Tim Sandall
Take cuttings in August or September. The growth may still be soft or just beginning to harden (semi-ripe).
Taking salvia cuttings is relatively easy and straight forward, just follow these simple steps:
There are very few problems associated with taking salvia cuttings, but blackleg can occur if water, pots, compost or tools are unsterilised.
Overwintering tender plants: lifting or mulchingPerennials: cutting backPerennials: stakingSemi-ripe cuttingsTender perennials: cuttings
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