Pruning - Knowledgebase Question

Apple Valley, Mi
Question by rhansberry
March 23, 2009
I have cut back perennial Russian Sage in the Spring and I have also let it stand from the previous year. Which is suggested for best results.

Answer from NGA
March 23, 2009


In my garden I leave the foliage on woody perennials until the following spring. Then I cut back anything that has been killed by winter weather. It is important to leave the foliage intact while it is still green so the root system can store up enough food energy for the long hibernation. You can certainly cut the plants back after a hard freeze rather than waiting until spring. Either method will be fine for your Russian Sage.

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