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Salvia Amistad

jcase1664jcase1664 Posts: 21
I managed to get a Salvia Amistad late last year from a garden centre which I have overwintered in my conservatory.  It has now burst back into life so is now a good time to plant it back out or will the frosts kill it off?? 

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  • FairygirlFairygirl west central ScotlandPosts: 46,054
    It will depend where you are, but no, you'll have to acclimatise it for a while before planting out, ie out for a while during the day and in at night, for a few weeks. The bigger it is, the easier it is. If it's a tiny thing you'll have to keep it indoors for a good while yet.
    In colder areas it wouldn't survive at this time of year overnight, and you'd need to wait until around May or so to plant it out.  In warmer parts of the country it'll be earlier.  :)
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  • jcase1664jcase1664 Posts: 21
    Ok I shall leave it inside for a bit longer.  Is now a good time to take cuttings or should this be done in late summer??
  • FairygirlFairygirl west central ScotlandPosts: 46,054
    edited 9 March
    I  think you'd have to wait until later.
    I don't grow any salvias apart from the indestructible one [S. caradonna] because none of them would survive winter here without protection.
    Someone else might be able to advise you of the best time, but it would usually be when there's enough viable material, and that would probably be late summer.  :)

    Here's the RHS advice for cuttings - looks like late summer right enough  :)
    https://www.rhs.org.uk/plants/salvia/cuttings
    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....


  • Allotment BoyAllotment Boy North London Posts: 4,965
    Cuttings are normally taken in late summer, and overwintered  with protection.  If there is plenty of growth,  you could try some spring ones but I have not tried it. 
    AB Still learning

  • jcase1664jcase1664 Posts: 21
    Thanks guys
  • GardenerSuzeGardenerSuze South NottsPosts: 1,087
    @jcase1664 I have taken cuttings in May and they all survived.
  • JennyJJennyJ DoncasterPosts: 6,046
    If it has suitable growth on it I would try some cuttings now. It'll soon make more growth, and the babies should be a good size by next winter. I agree not to put the parent plant outside just yet because it has got used to warm indoor temperatures. Mine have come through several winters outside but they had been out most of their lives. It's far too soon to tell whether they've made it again but their "sisters" S. Amante have had green growth on them and even sporadic flowers in their pots outside by my front door all winter. It's been a strange one for sure.
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