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Name: Annie
Waynesboro, PA (Zone 6a)
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LysmachiaMoon
Jul 2, 2014 6:54 AM CST
I have a common sage plant (perennial, the kind that forms a small, low woody bush; culinary sage...I use the leaves as seasoning) that has been with me for about 10 years. I'm never sure how to prune it. It is getting a lot of dead wood underneath and I try to cut that out to keep it from rotting. I also remove the spent flower heads and whatever dead twigs present themselves. But it's getting very messy and sprawling. Can a sage bush be pruned like other shrubs, to shape it? Can I just get in there and whack it back to stimulate new growth? Or will a rigorous pruning kill it?
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Name: Dave Whitinger
Jacksonville, Texas (Zone 8b)
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dave
Jul 2, 2014 6:57 AM CST

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We sure do. We're never hesitant to go in there and cut it way back and it always responds with brand new flushes of growth. Thumbs up
Name: Annie
Waynesboro, PA (Zone 6a)
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LysmachiaMoon
Jul 2, 2014 7:43 AM CST
Thanks Dave! Ok, I'll give it a try. (Says in ominous voice: "On your head is my sage if it dies...") Green Grin! Rolling on the floor laughing
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Name: Debra
Garland, TX (NE Dallas suburb) (Zone 8a)
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lovemyhouse
Jul 2, 2014 9:04 AM CST
I shear my Wild Thing (Salvia greggii) back every February and don't hesitate to cut out dead or poorly performing wood as needed year round.
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Name: Dave Whitinger
Jacksonville, Texas (Zone 8b)
Region: Texas Million Pollinator Garden Challenge Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Permaculture Raises cows
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dave
Jul 2, 2014 9:10 AM CST

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Salvia greggii gets pruned even more for us. We prune them heavily during the season, as they grow. It promotes more branching and blooming.

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