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I have salvias in pots can I put them in the garden now or wait until spring next year?


  • Plant them in your garden now. Keep them watered so the roots don't dry out. They prefer a free-draining soil and a sunny position.
    They are not all reliably hardy so it may be a good idea to take  cuttings now.
    A gardener's work is never at an end  - (John Evelyn 1620-1706)
  • Thank you for the info, I might just keep them in their pots and put them in the greenhouse.
  • AnniDAnniD Posts: 11,187
    What size pots are you talking about Sue ?
    It may be better to plant the original plants out and overwinter cuttings in the greenhouse,  rather than trying to keep the larger plants going. Cuttings are easier to manage, cover with fleece etc.
    It's the wet just as much as the cold, that does for them. The moisture levels in the greenhouse could be pretty high over winter. If you have well drained soil, they will have a fighting chance outside  :)
  • They aren't very big but will take cuttings, Philips have been in the garden since last year but have bought a collection of them this year so will take cuttings just in case. Thank you
  • JennyJJennyJ Posts: 8,234
    I have some in medium to large pots and some in the ground, and both lots survive most winters here. I find that the ones in pots tend to get a bit tired looking after a few years even with feeding, so they go in the ground and are replaced by cuttings. Older ones in the ground might get chucked out if I need the space. I can't comment on overwintering in a greenhouse because I don't have one. Young cuttings are fine outside in a sheltered spot against the house wall, and if we get a really cold snap I put them on the windowsill in the unheated spare bedroom.
    Doncaster, South Yorkshire. Soil type: sandy, well-drained
  • Great timing for that thread - only today I got myself a salvia nemorosa Sensation deep blue. Wasn’t thinking of taking cuttings but now I too think I should. Will wait with the planting until rainy weather though - our soil is extremely free draining. But already have a very nice sunny spot for it. 
    I always check if a plant is good for the bees before I buy it for my garden and apparently salvias are great. 
  • AnniDAnniD Posts: 11,187
    They are indeed @Big Blue Sky  :)
    I always take cuttings from my salvias at this time of year. They are overwintered in a coldframe next to the house wall and if it gets really chilly l put some fleece over them. I just make sure they don't dry out, remove any dead leaves, and keep them "ticking over" until Spring. 
  • Thank you @AnniD - that is exactly what I shall do. I also have a small cutting of May Night that I am not planning to plant out this season as it it too weak  and will take cuttings from Caradonna, so they will be in good company 😊
  • FairygirlFairygirl Posts: 50,366
    Cuttings are always a good insurance policy, although I took some last year from an impulse buy salvia [I don't like blue, but this one was a bit darker] and overwintered them in the little greenhouse. 
    Our weather is usually hopeless for them, but I planted it in among other perennials for protection, and it's in a raised, well drained bed in a sunny site.

    The cuttings all died and the parent survived  :D
    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....

    I live in west central Scotland - not where that photo is...
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