My First Attempt At Salvia Cuttings

The saying “Pride comes before a fall” strikes home today.

In the summer I bought a small Salvia ‘Love and Kisses’ for my daughter’s garden, which bloomed into a splendid shrub. The information on a number of sites advise: “This perennial dies back to below ground level each year in autumn, then fresh new growth appears again in spring”.

Despite the fact they are perennial, rather than lose such a beautiful plant, and also add to the flower bed with free plants, I took cuttings. Never having taken cuttings before I was so proud to see new leaves emerging from three of them, (one died). Gardening is like having children, you nurture, protect, feed and watch them grow with delight.

Without a greenhouse at the moment, I left the pot in a sheltered spot on my patio wrapped in a little ‘house’ made out of bubble wrap, thinking that was the right thing to do. Imagine my annoyance to see last week the leaves were being nibbled, such a downhearted feeling descends doesn’t it? When I turned the pot upside down I found a couple of tiny little slugs, smaller than the nail on my little finger. I am fully aware that these very small critters can do a great deal of damage.

I brought them indoors, and repotted them into individual pots filled with the recommended John Innes No. 2 and placed them on a windowsill. This morning they look like this, just 5 days after being separated from each other. One I clearly have lost, but I am hoping I can revive two of them. They are now in a warmer spot, maybe they were too cold on that particular windowsill.

Needless to say, I am feeling like a failure!

8 thoughts on “My First Attempt At Salvia Cuttings

  1. I tried some salvia cuttings this year also. They have no leaves, so I fear I have failed. I put straw around the mother plant, hoping it will come back. I had an Electric Blue which didn’t last. The one I hope to keep now is a very dark purple.

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    1. I’m nurturing my little plants as though they are sick children 😷 hoping they’ll pull through. Fingers crossed your salvia gets through the winter.

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  2. I have wanted to take some Salvia cuttings and your post inspires me to do so… When spring arrives… Don’t let the critters deter you. Take more cuttings and maybe put them in a different location. There are also slug baits you can use which I have used before with success. There are other natural remedies but I can’t think of them right now. Maybe sprinkle a little salt around your pots. Thanks for sharing.

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  3. Gardening is just one experiment after another. Have fun!

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  4. Don’t give up try again but I would keep them indoors, if you think you have small slugs try some beer in a shallow dish next to your pots

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    1. Thank you, they are in fresh soil and indoors but I’ll take a few more cuttings if possible and start again.

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