Agastache and Salvias forum: Help on dividing a salvia?

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Name: Toni
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Skiekitty
Oct 10, 2013 9:13 AM CST
I keep getting conflicting info. Some people say that you can divide salvias. Some people say you can't. I have a MASSIVE purple rain salvia that I really want to divide. But, at the same time, I don't want to kill it. The plant spreads about.. 6? 7? feet (yes, FEET). Damned thing is HUGE and has eaten an area. I read the tag when I bought it, the tag said 24". Uh, it gets 2ft TALL, but now that it's so big, it just kinda sprawls around.

Can I divide it? How do I divide it? I've never divided ANYTHING.. not even a daylily. I don't want to kill it, but, at the same time, it can't be where it's at at that size. It buried 2.5 roses (Henry Fonda & Ruby Ruby were completely engulfed, Betty Boop was taller but her undersides were covered), and I don't think my stonecrop survived being buried by the salvia (I have/had 2 "dragon's blood" stonecrops, but both are missing under all the salvia.. not sure if 1 survived).

Help?

Here's a pic of it this "spring" (July). It's way bigger now.



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Name: Marilyn
Northern KY (Zone 6a)
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Marilyn
Oct 10, 2013 10:36 AM CST

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"The plant spreads about.. 6? 7? feet (yes, FEET)" Blinking

I don't know, I killed mine years ago trying to divide it.

Hopefully, someone will chime it to help you out.
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Name: Kermit Carter
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FBTS
Oct 12, 2013 5:52 PM CST
Dividing this plant is easy. BUT - don't do so until it's earliest growth in the spring. Dividing now in Denver, without the time to reestablish, would likely be the death knell for this one. We plan to make a video demonstrating this soon, BTW.


Name: Toni
Denver Metro (Zone 5a)
Whiskey Tango Foxtrot.
Charter ATP Member Irises Salvias Xeriscape Birds I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database!
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Skiekitty
Oct 12, 2013 6:06 PM CST
Sweet! I normally don't try to do much in the fall/winter as our weather this time of year is REALLY unpredictable. I can easily wait til spring (whenever that might be.. last April/early May..)
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Name: Marilyn
Northern KY (Zone 6a)
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Marilyn
Oct 13, 2013 3:50 AM CST

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Kermit

I divided mine in Spring (April or May) and it died when I divided it. I'll be looking forward to seeing your video.

Thanks for chiming in!
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