Ask a Question forum: Overwintering non-hardy salvias

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Name: Reid
North Branch, MN (Zone 4b)
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Anderwood
Jun 13, 2015 10:42 AM CST
Hello ATP sages. I am looking at Flowers by the Sea. I see many beautiful salvias that I like, but I am in zone 4. A lot of them arenoy hardy to 5 and above. Is it possible to dig them up and store them in a garage?

What are some awesome varieties that are hardy for me?
Name: Cindy
Hobart, IN zone 5
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Shadegardener
Jun 13, 2015 3:24 PM CST
Is your garage heated? I overwinter 'Black and Blue' in a pot indoors and it goes outdoors when the weather warms up in the spring.
Name: Elaine
South Sarasota, Florida (Zone 9b)
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dyzzypyxxy
Jun 13, 2015 7:50 PM CST
Either that, or a less space-gobbling solution is to root some cuttings in the fall, grow the small plants on a cool, bright windowsill until spring, then harden them off and plant out. Most salvias do well from cuttings.
Elaine

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Name: Jason
Gold Bar, Washington (Zone 8b)
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riverman123
Jun 14, 2015 8:51 AM CST
if you don't want to go through all the trouble of digging and storing in pots, you can cover them with a thick layer of mulch followed by a thick layer of fern fronds. we have several varieties of salvia, including our favorite, Black and Blue, here in Washington, and they come back every year. of course we don't have super cold winters like you do in Mn., but we do have 10 months of cold, soggy rain. somehow they survive without getting root rot. its worth a shot!
Name: Reid
North Branch, MN (Zone 4b)
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Anderwood
Jun 14, 2015 12:22 PM CST
Thanks everyone. I will try each of the suggestions. You guys are great!

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