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Salvia "Amistad"

Hello,

Last spring I bought some beautiful Salvia Amistad plants which bloomed non-stop until December and were greatly admired, but now the frost has reduced them to skeletons. There is no care guide on the label so I am wondering whether I need to mulch and/or prune them?   If so, how hard and when is the best time?

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  • Dave MorganDave Morgan Posts: 3,123

    Do both purpletreacle, cut them back to the base and mulch with homemade compost or manure and in spring they'll shoot away. Lovely hardy plant. You can do it now or wait a few weeks. 

  • Many thanks, Dave.  My instinct was to cut them back but I was a little worried about attacking them with the secateurs without checking!

  • Dave MorganDave Morgan Posts: 3,123

    It's hardy for me Verdun here in Mid Wales. Mind you my soil is very free draining but we have had some very hard frosts minus 6 so far.

  • Dave MorganDave Morgan Posts: 3,123

    Ooh don't temp me, I'm a sucker for a good salvia!

  • fidgetbonesfidgetbones Posts: 14,571

    I thought I had lost it last year, but it came up frum the base, very late flowering though, compared to rooted cuttings overwintered in  the greenhouse

    You don't stop doing new things because you get old, you get old because you stop doing new things. <3
  • JIMMMYJIMMMY Posts: 241

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    Hi.

    It one of the herbaceous salvias, my soil is heavy clay, each year they die right back but shoot from the bottom each spring!

    This year as I had not cut them right back, I scratched a couple of the stems and there was still green showing!

    Mind you it has not been a really hard winter here, so far!

    The other thing I do is take lots of cuttings of it just in case, and as it is one of the fastest growers it soon make good sized bushes!

    The others such as Hot lips etc also grown outside have not had a single causality this year or other years when left outside in the ground or in pots, so they must be pretty hardy!

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