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Salvia Question

April 18 2017 at 4:32 PM

Charlotte  (Login Charann102)
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I want to plant Lady in Red Salvia and Coral Nymph Salvia in my front flowerbeds with nasturtiums and Allysum in front. Can I prune the salvias down so to keep them at a modest height. I know how to deadhead them but can I prune them besides.

Thanks in advance for the help.

Charlotte Passinger-Ehrhart
Middletown, PA
South Central PA
USDA Plant Hardiness Zone 6
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Nancy Newfield
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Hummingbird Member 2005

Re: Salvia Question

April 18 2017, 6:30 PM 


Gee, it has been a long time since you've posted. Yes, you can cut the 2 Salvia coccinea cultivars, but do not cut them too far back and don't expect them to get more bushy.
Nancy L Newfield
Casa Colibrí
Metairie, LA USA
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Hummingbird Moderator 2005

Re: Salvia Question

April 18 2017, 7:40 PM 

The other issue is every time you cut them back you interrupt or delay their bloom. Both these coccinea cultivars are rather tall.

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Hummingbirder 2012

Re: Salvia Question

April 19 2017, 2:43 AM 

There are a few dwarfer cultivars out there. Summer Jewel if I remember correctly stays pretty dwarf. I liked the height of the ones you mentioned, but if you can find them, try Summer Jewell Red.
Brett Johnson
near Seattle
Washington 98040
USDA zone 8b

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