How & When to Prune Furmans Red Sage Plant


Furmans red sage plant is part of the mint family. It's a small, evergreen perennial that grows fast. Red sage is preferred by many gardeners because is provides awesome color, blooms for an extended period of time (between early summer and late fall) and attracts hummingbirds. The plant grows between 1 and 4 feet tall. Pruning furmans red sage plant will keep it looking neat and healthy.

Step 1

Prune furmans red sage plant in the spring after there is no longer a threat of frost. Depending on where you live, this can range from February to April. Waiting too long will result in snipping off new growth.

Step 2

Remove branches that grow against the shape of the shrub. This includes those that grown downward or straight up and down in the middle of the plant. The goal is to have a symmetrical plant.

Step 3

Cut off sick-looking branches and dead wood. They are stealing nutrients from the rest of the plant. Make a clean cut as far down on the unwanted branches as possible.

Step 4

Deadhead the red sage by snipping off spent flowers. Once they die, cut off the ends. This will promote the growth of new blooms and keep the plant looking its best.

Step 5

Shorten branches to better shape the tree. Make the cut right next to a bud because this will promote the growth of new buds, resulting in a bushier plant.

Step 6

Spot spittlebug infestations. The pest leaves a foamy white blob on the stem tips. Rinse off the substance with a hose or cut off the ends of the stem with pruning shears.

Things You'll Need

  • Pruning shears
  • Gloves
  • Hose


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