Should Spent Or Dead Flowers Be Removed From Or Cut Off Purple Salvia?

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have died - do I deadhead them? Isn't it awfully early for them to die - thought they would last the season


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Answer #1 · Gardenality.com's Answer · Hi Ann - I grow many vareities of both annual and perennial salvia in my landscape and gardens, including several varieties of purple salvia. Not sure which variety you have, but most salvias I know of respond very well to pruning. Throughout the active blooming season I might deadhead the spent flowers several times. If the entire plant has stopped flowering, and the plant has become leggy, sometimes I'll cut the plant back by half it's height in early to mid summer. Otherwise, if the plant is dense and still has many flower stems on it that are blooming I only cut off the flower stems that have finished blooming. I usually won't prune all my salvias at the same time because I want to leave some flowers for the hummingbirds and butterflies:-)

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