Cultivating Mexican Sage Grown From Cuttings

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We are propagating salvia leucantha or Mexican Bush Sage from cuttings and we are going to need to water them in once we have got them put in the cells and in the potting soil but not keep them so wet, that they get, that the leaves stay wet. They need to have good air circulation so that the leaves will dry off so that they won’t grow a fungus and all that. It will take several weeks for these to root down, what I usually do to find out whether or not I’ve got, got roots coming, you can pick up these, these flats and you can see the little holes down here. These roots will go very deep and the very first roots that come out will make a beeline for one of these holes right here and you will see white roots sticking out of these holes and you will know that they have rooted down and that you have got conceivably enough plants, enough roots to conceivably set to another location or to a larger pot. But you want to pull them up and take a look, if you grab a hold of the plant and the plant basically comes, where it looks like it wants to pull out without lifting up into the soil you probably don’t have as many roots as you think you have got. Of course salvia leucantha can be grown a number of ways, this pot right back here has a plant that was dug up or actually pulled up during some cultivation practices and had a whole bunch of roots on it and I just put it in some potting soil and I expect it to do quite well. Much like dividing a clump of the plant and making numerous plants out of a root ball this is kind of the same idea. Salvia leucantha is a Texas native and it is a very tough plant, makes a beautiful purple almost fox-tail looking bloom that comes on in the fall. It is quite striking and I believe it is even used, it is a sage and I believe it has been used as a seasoning by the old-timers.