Forum home Problem solving

Should I take in my Salvia Amistad over winter?

This year I bought 3 Salvia plants, they are growing beautifully in my border and still look fantastic. I am not sure if I need to dig them up and take them into the shed for winter? 
TIA Charlotte 


  • Busy-LizzieBusy-Lizzie Posts: 19,562
    Mine have survived outside for 4 years now. I'm in Dordogne, SW France, but it can get very cold here. Last winter it rained all the time, but my soil is well drained.
    Dordogne and Norfolk
  • ObelixxObelixx Vendée, Western FrancePosts: 28,220
    Take some cuttings as insurance and then put a mulch on the crown of the plant (base of the shoots) to give it some insulation from frosts - unless your soil is likely to get waterlogged in winter which they won't like at all.
    "We don't stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing." - George Bernard Shaw
  • NollieNollie Girona, Catalunya, Northen Spain.Posts: 6,124
    It may depend on where you are. In the south of the UK you are probably fine, a harsh northern winter might kill them off as they are a bit tender. I have a similar salvia guaranitica to Amistad (Black and Blue) planted this year, and am going to chance leaving them in the ground and piling on lots of mulch for protection once they go over. This should be quite soon, like Lizzie, my winters get very cold - I am due -3 on Wednesday and down to -8 is quite normal here.
  • Pete.8Pete.8 Billericay, EssexPosts: 9,387
    I've had Amistad in the ground for 4-5 years and not lost any yet, and it was very cold last winter especially.
    I mulch over the top of them when they die back after frosts. They are planted in free draining soil, so the roots aren't wet over winter which is a big help
    Knowledge is knowing that a tomato is a fruit.
    Wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad.
  • fidgetbonesfidgetbones Posts: 16,246
    I lift mine, cut them down and put them in the greenhouse. They start earlier and flower earlier than those left in the ground.  If I leave them in the ground, they are mulched, and survive, but for flowering, the lifted plants flower first, followed by overwintered cuttings, then plants left in the ground over winter.
    You don't stop doing new things because you get old, you get old because you stop doing new things. <3
  • RubytooRubytoo On the sofa, Southerly aspect.Posts: 1,287
    edited October 2018
    I didn't risk mine out last year, I had two in biggish pots, we are South but have clay soil, I had not decided where to put them so had them in pots.
    I put one in the blow away. The other did not survive (the beast from the East), whether a milder winter in the (clay) ground would have been okay I do not know.
    Still in a pot this year so have taken cuttings earlier and will put the pot in the blow away again.
     I swear I posted earlier. I took cuttings in water as an experiment, they grew roots really easily I was pretty chuffed, they are now potted on in soil.
    Not sure if it is too late to do this now. Ah Obelixx also says cuttings, so maybe not too late.
    You could also dig one up if you have three, and somewhere to put it?
    Spread the risks :)
  • ObelixxObelixx Vendée, Western FrancePosts: 28,220
    If there are still leaves on th eplant then I reckon it's a good idea to try cuttings indoors in water then, if they root, keep them in small pots in a frost free place for the winter.   Nothing ventured, nothing gained.

    Interesting Fidget.  I have a pineapple sage that only started flowering a couple of weeks ago despite being in a pot and facing full south and being well watered thru the heatwave.  Beginning to wonder if it's worth it as there are probably easier salvias with taht same clear, rich red flower.   
    "We don't stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing." - George Bernard Shaw
  • fidgetbonesfidgetbones Posts: 16,246
    I had that problem with pineapple sage. It took too long to flower. Boring for the rest of the year.
    You don't stop doing new things because you get old, you get old because you stop doing new things. <3
  • floraliesfloralies Haute-Garonne SW FrancePosts: 2,036
    Pineapple sage is one of the late flowering sages, would be ok in a conservatory or the like in our climates.
  • punkdocpunkdoc Sheffield, Derbyshire border.Posts: 12,240
    Black and Blue is considerably less hardy than Amistad.
    Consequences, altered cases
    Broken noses, altered faces
    My ego altered, altered egos
    Wherever I go, so does me go
Sign In or Register to comment.