The Q&A Archives: Wilted Russian Sage

Question: I made a rookie mistake recently and am wondering how to save my plants. I transplanted my Russian sage in the height of summer. In fact, we went into a heat wave about 3 days after I transplanted them and both plants have wilted considerably and don't appear to be recovering. I cut back the worst looking one down to about 4 inch stems and have been watering them and fertilized them w/ Miracle Gro. Any other recommendations on how I can fix this blunder?

Answer: Transplanting in midsummer might be convenient to the gardener but it can be really stressful to the plants! I'd hold off on fertilizer until your sage gets its bearings and begins to grow again. You're doing the right thing by providing regular water. All you can do is watch and wait. Russian sage has a hardy constitution and it should recover when the weather cools down a bit. You might try to shade it from the hottest midday sunshine until it gets over its transplant shock. I'll bet after this experience you won't transplant anything until fall weather arrives!

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