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Question: I have a white sage plant that I began growing a year ago. It was about 5 inches tall when I received it. A year later it has grown a out 3 feet has given off small little flowers and had a long stem in the middle. Recently we repotted it because it was growing out of its pot and the roots came out of the pot and grew into the ground. So they carefully cut out the root and repotted it into a larger pot and now its not looking so great. What can I do to help it? The leaves have gone down and it looks as if it's drying up. We put water in when we repotted it and since then have not. Please help it's my god daughters plant from her birth. And it was growing beautifully. Thanks- C

Answer: I think your sage plant is simply responding to being transplanted and to losing part of its root system. It should perk up in a few weeks. Resist the temptation to water more frequently than you have in the past - extra water won't help as it deals with getting its roots re-established. Just look past its current appearance by remembering what it looked like before it was replanted. Give it exactly the same care as you did before and in a few weeks it should look like it did before you moved it. Best wishes with your sage!

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