Agastache and Salvias forum: Cutting back Salvia

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Name: Ford Stinson
Bossier City, La (Zone 8b)
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fstins1
Feb 29, 2016 6:37 PM CST
Hello,

This is my first winter growing salvia. I have four or five different varieties. My question is do you cut them back? They look a little ragged.
Thanks,
Ford zone 8
Thanks
Ford
Name: Marilyn
Northern KY (Zone 6a)
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Marilyn
Feb 29, 2016 6:58 PM CST

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Hi @fstins1

Welcome to the Agastache and Salvias forum. Welcome!

I hope @FBTS chimes in and answers you.

If and when I cut salvias back, it is very late spring or later in the season for my zone 6a. For you in zone 8b, I don't know.

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Name: Kermit Carter
Elk, California (Zone 9a)
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FBTS
Feb 29, 2016 8:10 PM CST
There is no stock answer as each species has different requirements. We have numerous articles and a couple of pruning videos here: http://www.fbts.com/everything-salvias/


Name: Marilyn
Northern KY (Zone 6a)
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Marilyn
Mar 1, 2016 4:39 PM CST

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Thanks so much for chiming in Kermit! I'm going to read those articles when I have the chance.
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Name: Sondra
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SALL20
Mar 10, 2016 10:40 AM CST
I have never had a problem with cutting back my salvias. I do a nice trim (1/3 to 1/2) in early spring and again in August to prepare for fall bloom. They respond with vigorous new growth. Most of my experience was in my Austin garden, but I have already cut back Hot Lips and Black & Blue here in my new Houston garden and they are doing fine.
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WardDas
Mar 10, 2016 11:03 AM CST
You wouldn't since you are in zone 9a. Get down to zone 6 or 7 and it becomes an issue. Here in zone 7a I wait until at least the first week in April or even a little later just to be safe.

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