Salvia cuttings

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.

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Salvia x jamensis 'La Luna'. Image: RHS/Tim Sandall
Salvia x jamensis 'La Luna'. Image: RHS/Tim Sandall

Quick facts

Suitable for: All salvias
Timing: Late summer or early autumn
Difficulty: Easy to moderate

When to take cuttings


cuttings in August or September. The growth may still be soft or just beginning to harden (semi-ripe).


How to take cuttings

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.

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