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salvia maraschino pruning


I am in the process of moving some plants and have had a salvia in a large pot for several years. It has grown one sided toward the light and I wonder if it can be pruned to give it back some uniform shape and new growth when I put it in a new position?

Any advice on when and how would it be best pruned very much appreciated.

I am in London and my garden is walled and sheltered, facing west.



  • The salvia greggii types are probably the hardiest of the 'new wave' of salvias available now. Maraschino is best left until spring when it can be pruned down quite hard, but not savaged.  However, for tidiness sake and to prevent it getting blown about in the winter, it can be just trimmed back by a third or so. The garden sounds ideal. Just ensure good drainage over the colder wetter months. I find that all my salvias love plenty of water in the growing season.


  • agreed verdun, I'm new to salvias and my Amistad has been superb and it's still going strong after a couple of pruning sessions. It gets several comments from passers by.

    Life's tragedy is that we get old too soon and wise too late.

  • Thanks for the advice HC. it has been sitting in the same spot for several years, unfortunately now a main branch near the base of the shrub has split when it was moved, I think the roots were a little exposed near the trunk and it being lopsided made the weight too much. I guess I have effectively lost about a third of the shrub now instead of in spring, it is very fragile. I have a few cuttings hope they take and I have tried to keep the split in the main stem together I don't know if it is going to survive, hope so as it has been a favourite. image I also have 'blue note' which has a beautiful colour. 

  • Can Amistad be divided verdun? I've taken cuttings just in case

    Life's tragedy is that we get old too soon and wise too late.

  • Thx for that, I'd better take a few more cuttings then

    Life's tragedy is that we get old too soon and wise too late.

  • No, I didn't know I could split it, so do I take the whole thing out of the pot and split the root ball along where it is broken? Thanks  

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