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Perennials: Salvia madrensis

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Grand Saline, TX
(Zone 7b)

April 26, 2012
9:41 AM

Post #9098573

I can not propagate S. guaranitica, but find other salvias root well.
Comparing guaranitica to madrensis, will madrensis be easy to root? Any tips, would be appreciated.

Candor, NC

April 27, 2012
10:38 AM

Post #9100043

You need to take axillary growth (not the really thick main stem) of plants that are growing rapidly. Take a 6 - 8 inch tall plant, lay it on its side with the stem in contact with soil. This will cause the stem to root and the axillary growth to put out roots of its own. As long as you leave some nodes in contact with the soil, they will keep generating new shoots. It will take two years to get a big stock plant with many stems.
Grand Saline, TX
(Zone 7b)

May 1, 2012
6:56 AM

Post #9105289

Wonderful, thank you, Rich.
I hadn't considered layering, much better then baby sitting pots.

Are there other species that do better with layering?
Candor, NC

May 1, 2012
6:52 PM

Post #9106385

Most any of the sages that tend to form single, thick stems with little axial growth would benefit from this technique. It is not necessary for those that easily generate axial growth when pinched back like S. mexicana and S. gesneriflora..
Grand Saline, TX
(Zone 7b)

May 1, 2012
7:10 PM

Post #9106406

Thank you. That info is bound to save a few headaches :0)

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