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Francine
Jun 6, 2016 10:43 AM CST
I bought this as a perennial but there no instructing as to the care. The flowers stem was full but now you can see they are not. Am I watering too much, do I pinch them off, if so where?


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Name: Tara
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terrafirma
Jun 8, 2016 10:00 AM CST
Hi Francine! Welcome!

All flowers will fade eventually. It just needs to be deadheaded. Remove the spent blooms. This will encourage it to put out more blossoms. Smiling
Name: Elaine
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dyzzypyxxy
Jun 8, 2016 3:49 PM CST
Hi and welcome, Francine. Please tell us where you are? You can fill in this info on your personal profile so that it appears in all your posts.

Sage plants do like to dry out a bit between waterings. Did you plant this pretty sage plant in a nice, sunny place? It will get going, and grow tremendously by the end of the summer, but it will have what are known as bloom cycles. It will grow new leaves, produce new buds, flower and then the flowers will fade and you must cut them off to keep it growing and blooming more. It may have 2 or 3 bloom cycles each summer.

The term "perennial" doesn't mean it blooms constantly, it means it will live on from year to year. So in the fall when it starts to get cooler it will probably stop blooming but the leaves will stay green well into the cold weather. By spring, it will probably look pretty dead, (depending upon where you are and how cold it got) but it will put up new growth as soon as the weather starts to warm in spring.
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