Salvia pruning - Knowledgebase Question

Staten Island, Ne
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Question by mlyledavis
July 8, 2010
My salvia bloom nicely in the spring but then the stems fall over in a big circle with an empty center. Growth has begun in the center. What is the proper way to prune? Can I cut away the outer fallen stems but not affect additional blooming?

Answer from NGA
July 8, 2010
When the flowers are faded you can remove the entire flowering stalk, down to foliage level. If you do this on a regular basis your plant will look attractive and will be encouraged to develop more flowers. At this point you can cut off all the dead flower stems and give the plant a slight haircut by shearing off about an inch of growth. This trimming will result in new growth and more flowers. Good luck with your salvia.

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