Southwest Gardening forum: Sage - TX, purple, ???

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Name: Alma
Phoenix & Cottonwood, AZ
USDA zone 9b, Sunset 13 & ??
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tomatofreak
Apr 7, 2010 5:46 PM CST
I bought two of these sages (can't remember which) several years ago and apparently, I've been a very bad mommy to them. They are all legs and arms with a lot of dead wood, mostly underneath. And they don't bloom as they should. Nothing at all this year. Maybe too soon? Anyhow, what do you all with sages recommend? Should I cut them back severely and hope they grow out in tighter form? Or trim but not too much? They look terrible as they are.
Alma
In matters of style, swim with the current; in matters of principle, stand like a rock. – Thomas Jefferson
Name: Alma
Phoenix & Cottonwood, AZ
USDA zone 9b, Sunset 13 & ??
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tomatofreak
Apr 9, 2010 8:29 AM CST
Nobody home? I'm depending on you pruners!
Alma
In matters of style, swim with the current; in matters of principle, stand like a rock. – Thomas Jefferson
Name: Judy
Phoenix, AZ
judyb
Apr 9, 2010 10:41 AM CST
Cut them back. We've cut them all the way to the ground and they just come back stronger.
Name: Alma
Phoenix & Cottonwood, AZ
USDA zone 9b, Sunset 13 & ??
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tomatofreak
Apr 9, 2010 10:58 AM CST
Thanks, Judy! Just didn't want to kill 'em. How about fertilizer? Would that help with new growth?
Alma
In matters of style, swim with the current; in matters of principle, stand like a rock. – Thomas Jefferson
Name: Judy
Phoenix, AZ
judyb
Apr 10, 2010 11:34 AM CST
I wouldn't fertilize, they come back really well on their own. Fertilizer might be too much. Dunno, though, I've never fertilized. In fact, the ones that I've cut way back, I don't even water.

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