EP177 - How to take Salvia cuttings

EP177 - How to take Salvia cuttings

On Todays 5 minute Friday, I will show you how to take Salvia cuttings.

These are beautiful, flowering perennials, that would have been flowering all summer.

We are going to take some cuttings and take them through the winter. The cold will be good for them, and then you will have free, new plants for next year.

It is best to do this at this time of year, after flowering, which this variety has done. So you need to pick the flower, and find stems that have finished.

By taking cuttings, it not only gives you extra plants, but it also reinvigorates the existing plant. We are taking them through the winter, so it may be wiser to establish them in a pot, take them through, then plant them out. 

Salvias are herbaceous perennials mainly, easy to grow and low maintenance. They are fantastic for butterflies and bees, and you can plant them in most garden areas. A mainstay of midsummer blooming, with their aromatic flowers and they look so stunning, in containers too.

We have a striking selection of 6 Established 9cm Salvias, currently on special offer. 6 Salvia Collection


How to take Salvia cuttings.

  1. Select your Salvia that have finished flowering. Cut quite low, just above a leaf break. 
  2. You should have a nice size cutting, then just take off the bottom leaves. Just pinch them off, leaving a nice size stem for the compost.
  3. I am going to take 3 cuttings for the pot, as we don’t ever usually get 100pct take, so this way, even if 2 of them grow, you still have the desired result.
  4. Fill the new pot with a well-drained compost, ours has a little wood bark in it, which helps with drainage. A multipurpose compost works well too.
  5. Make a small hole, I have used my little finger, use a dibber if not, or a pencil, pop the cutting in gently, and just firm it in, we don’t want to bruise the stem, so a gentle approach, ensuring the stem has contact with the compost.
  6. Once you have firmed them in, tap them down, and if it needs topping up a little, then do so.
  7. Now, all that is left to do, is give it a good water. We will want to keep the humidity in, so we are putting these in our propagation greenhouse, but at home it’s best to cover it with a plastic bag, and even though we haven’t had the best summer, it’s ok to put these outside, as it is not been cold.

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