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Salvia "Black and Blue"

Posted by mxk3 z5b/6 MI (My Page) on
Wed, Aug 6, 14 at 12:15

Has anyone in colder zones tried to over-winter B&B? I'd like to try - I buy them every year, and they're not inexpensive. Can I use the same method as with geraniums - dig up, shake off excess soil, dry for a couple days, then stick in paper bags in the crawl space? Or will that not work with this one? If that won't work, what other method do you suggest?

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RE: Salvia "Black and Blue"

I overwintered one once buried in some chopped leaves near my compost pile. But I tried it last winter without success.

A vendor at the Northville Farmer's Market usually has them for $2.50 in case that helps.

RE: Salvia "Black and Blue"

In zone 6 mine always come back, but this last winter was the test and they did come back. It took mine several years to get big so I think keeping them is better than buying new. Have you tried chopping them down and covering with a deep pile of straw?

RE: Salvia "Black and Blue"

I grow mine in pots and put the pots in the cold cellar or a cold entry-way that mitigates the cold. I've had them survive both ways.

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