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Name: Dan
East-central Iowa (Zone 5a)
Salvias Hummingbirder Region: Iowa
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hawkeyewx
Jan 18, 2018 3:30 PM CST
This is what I do with cuttings. I throw a few of them in little plastic cups filled with enough water to cover the lower part of the stems, then usually put them under my shop light.

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Here is one of the salvia 'amistad' cuttings. I cut the stem at a 45 degree angle, usually about a half inch below the lower node, which I remove the leaves from. The roots then grow out from the end of the stem. This particular cutting is ready to pot up. Often, I wait too long and the roots grow out quite a bit more. In that case, I just trim the roots to about 1/2" to 3/4" to tidy them up. I would bury this cutting in potting mix up to about the middle of my thumb.

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Someone above mentioned their lack of success rooting salvia 'oxyphora'. I've found that oxy is one of the easiest salvias to root. For whatever reason, my most difficult salvia is 'mesa scarlet'.
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Name: Carole
Lake Macquarie, Australia
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carolem
Jan 18, 2018 5:19 PM CST
@hawkeyewx thanks Dan; enjoyed reading and seeing ....
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Name: Carly Rush
Oceanside, California. Sunset (Zone 10a)
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carlysuko
Jan 18, 2018 11:05 PM CST
I root salvia's in a soiless potting medium and add about a 50% ratio of perlite to improve drainage and soil aeration. I put a humidity done on top of them and if it's a salvia which has velvety leaves...I do not mist. If it doesn't have velvety leaves I will mist with a spray bottle.

Even here in Southern California I have much more success rooting salvia's when early spring to about the beginning of summer comes because the plants are putting on much more new growth which roots much easier for me. Also I think they like the warmer weather. The only salvia for me that roots readily in water is 'Amistad' ...it basically roots no matter what! It's amazing.
Name: Carly Rush
Oceanside, California. Sunset (Zone 10a)
Birds Dahlias Cactus and Succulents Brugmansias Aroids Seed Starter
Salvias Roses Region: California Lover of wildlife (Raccoon badge) Hummingbirder Bee Lover
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carlysuko
Jan 18, 2018 11:12 PM CST
Oh yeah forgot to mention Willow water works really well for me as a rooting hormone.
Oxford UK (Zone 8a)
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longk
Jan 28, 2018 6:09 AM CST
A shoot from Salvia gesneriiflora that got broken by falling debris in the recent winds which is now producing roots in water..................
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It has taken longer than I would expect a cutting to take in compost if taken in the spring or summer but I have never had much luck with that method in the depths of a dark UK winter.
Here are some S.elegans cuttings which (unlike the S.gesneriiflora cutting) have been outdoors (except when the temps dipped down past 0/-1°c when they go in the shed)...............
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It's not just limited to Salvia. This Gibasis pelucida has had the same treatment as the S.elegans..............
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Salvia and anything unusual

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