How to propagate Russian Sage - Knowledgebase Question

Rio Rancho, Ne
Question by lprimeau
June 30, 2010
What is the best way to propagate Russian Sage? Thanks.

Answer from NGA
June 30, 2010


You can take tip cutting or you can propagate your plant through the process called layering. Take a 3-5 inch cutting from a stem or branchs, dip in rooting hormone and then place in a loose planting medium and covered with a clear cover. Then place it in a bright spot out of direct sunlight and in a few weeks it should be rooted. Some plants will root in plain water without rooting hormone so try both ways with your tip cuttings. Layering can take an entire summer season but it is much easier to do. To do it, simply bend a branch down to the ground in a "U" shape. Loosen the soil where it touches the ground. Wound the branch a bit on the underside where it touches the soil, and bury that base of the U lightly allowing the growing tip to show above ground. Cover the buried section with several inches of organic mulch such as shredded bark and weight it down with a rock if needed. Water occasionally to keep it moist but not soggy and check periodically for roots. Once a nice set of roots has developed you can separate it from the mother plant. Good luck with your project!

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