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Name: rita m
angleton, tx (Zone 9a)
Mar 3, 2015 12:22 PM CST
i have a salvia clevelandii in a gallon nursery pot i want to put it in a larger pot what size should i go to?
Name: Lin
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Mar 3, 2015 12:30 PM CST
I don't know anything about Mountain Sage (Salvia clevelandii) or how quickly it grows but if it's root bound and needs a larger pot I'd think a pot one size larger would work fine.
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Name: Elaine
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Mar 3, 2015 1:07 PM CST
As I recall that one gets 4ft. high and wide, sort of a shrubby variety. I'd decide how big a pot you can handle, and go straight to that so it will make a big lusty root system.

Then if it's struggling in the mid-summer heat and you're having to water it twice a day to keep it from wilting, you'll need to give it a haircut or two - prune it down to size. That will probably keep it blooming nicely through the fall for you. It may be a xeriscape plant and very drought tolerant but in a pot it's going to still need regular watering. Don't let it dry up so the soil in the pot becomes a solid brick or the plant will die. You might want to put it in a group of pots or somewhere the pot is not exposed to the direct sun (it will bake).

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Mar 3, 2015 1:37 PM CST
A friend grew that and said it had a very strong odor when in bloom. Certainly the spiky seedpods had a strong scent!

I liked it very much, but some might not. At least, in a pot, you can move it away from open windows if you have to.

Big, gorgeous, unusual blooms!

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Name: Sandi
Austin, Tx (Zone 8b)
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Mar 3, 2015 2:12 PM CST
Welcome @zippy1 In your zone, you might want to put that salvia in the ground. It's a zeric plant and may get too much water in a pot.
Name: rita m
angleton, tx (Zone 9a)
Mar 3, 2015 4:29 PM CST
we have a lot of rainfall in this area so i'm planning on putting it on a very sunny south/southwest porch corner too much rainfall or too little in this area the last 6 to 8 months have been so we everything is drowning....
and yes this plant smells great (the leaves).....

thank ya'll very much for your responses

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