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jaffacakesjaffacakes IrelandPosts: 424
Hi all, does anyone notice any shoots on their salvia amistad yet? I fear the ones in the borders are dead. No green on the stems at all but i did take a few cuttings and put in a sheltered area. The stems have some green but there is no growth at all. Maybe there is still some hope and i'm a bit early? 


  • lilysillylilysilly Posts: 511
    My large one is just shooting from the base so I've cut down last years stalks. It did not produce buds on last years stems. 
     My cuttings l took last year have filled their pots with roots and are showing growth now at the base. 
    I'm in warmer than most East Devon and the pots have been outside all winter.

  • Hostafan1Hostafan1 Posts: 31,602
    I weeded round one in the garden yesterday, no signs there, but the babies in the polytunnel are growing.
  • JennyJJennyJ DoncasterPosts: 6,092
    My two each have one tiny green shoot at the base, but the cuttings that I took in September are growing away. All have been outside (near the house walls) all winter, and the babies have had a covering of fleece in colder weather. I'm thinking of putting the two original ones in the ground this year.
  • jaffacakesjaffacakes IrelandPosts: 424
    Thanks both. Hopefully my cuttings show some growth soon with the recent warming spell. I don't have too much hope for the ones in the border even though i mulched them for winter. I cut back the stems to 4 inches when they lost all their leaves. My cuttings lost their foliage too but there was a lot of root growth and have filled pots.
  • LoxleyLoxley Posts: 4,452
    It's a bit early. Just checked the ones in a pot at the bottom of my garden, only a tiny little green bud showing. (I moved one by the back door, and the foliage is still standing and green the same as when I dug it up last autumn, which shows how effective the shelter of a house can be!)
  • jaffacakesjaffacakes IrelandPosts: 424
    Thank you. I have 3 in garden and 4 cuttings. All look very dead but will leave them for another month and hope there will be some shoots. Meanwhile, everything else seems to be coming along nicely apart from my dahlias but they were late last year too. I lifted some and mulched the rest as an experiment 😄
  • Janie BJanie B LincolnshirePosts: 834
    I have a mix of Amistads in the borders and in pots... some are showing tiny growth, some are not (yet?). Don't give up just yet!
  • I didn't cut mine back in the autumn and now I don't know whether to cut back last year's growth or just leave it. The stems are showing no signs of life? 
  • punkdocpunkdoc Sheffield, Derbyshire border.Posts: 11,269
    I would cut it back to the base, otherwise you will end up with bare stems and a little bit of growth at the top.
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  • jaffacakesjaffacakes IrelandPosts: 424
    I now have a few tiny green buds on on one of mine 🙂 at least if one survives I can take more cuttings.
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