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Multiply pineapple sage - this is how it works with cuttings

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Pineapple sage can be propagated through cuttings. Find out when the best time is, what you need for it and how to proceed here.

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The benefits of pineapple sage (Salvia rutilans) are obvious. The spice plant is easy to care for, attractive, robust and easy to grow. So it makes sense to try multiplying the pineapple sage. The hobby gardener will achieve good results and can enrich his herb garden with young plants or simply give away the aromatic spice plant. We will now tell you how the cultivation is guaranteed to succeed.

Multiply pineapple sage with cuttings

The plants can be propagated with the help of cuttings. This is the most common method of plant propagation in pineapple sage. Even laypeople can try it and grow new plants in just a few simple steps.

When is the right time

You should bring a little patience. The cuttings are cut in late summer. Then the cuttings hibernate in the house and have enough time to root well there. The next spring, the young plant will have developed to the point where it can be put outside in the container or placed outdoors.

What is needed?

■ Pineapple sage plant
■ sharp knife
■ glasses ■ film
■ planters
■ substrate

How is the cutting cut?

First of all, a well-developed plant is needed. If there are several well-developed shoots, several cuttings can be cut without any problems. In this way you increase the guarantee of success and can also grow vigorous plants by placing several rooted cuttings in a planter.

Cuttings are cut from shoots that are not yet wooded. The knife is placed at an angle slightly more than one centimeter below a knot.

➔ Tip: A sharp knife should be used to ensure a smooth cutting edge. Furthermore, the cutting tools must be sterilized with alcohol.

The cutting should be between eight and ten centimeters in length. In the lower area, which will later be underground, all leaves and any buds must be removed so that these parts of the plant do not rot in the soil later. The leaves still present in the upper third are halved, so the plant can save energy and concentrate entirely on rooting.

How do you proceed with the cutting?

To root the cuttings as quickly as possible, they are first placed in a glass with water. The water level should be about five centimeters.

➔ Tip: The cuttings root faster if willow water is used instead of tap water.

Attention:
The water in the glasses should be changed daily.

The formation of the roots can be observed well in a bright and warm window seat. The glasses are to be provided with foil or a cover made of glass.

The first roots appear after about two weeks. The cuttings remain in the water glass until the roots have reached a length of about two centimeters.

Potting pineapple sage cuttings - step by step

  1. Prepare planters
  2. Have the substrate ready
  3. Remove cuttings from the water glass
  4. Fill the cultivation soil into the planter
  1. Pot the cuttings in the middle
  2. pay attention to the delicate roots
  3. Fill in cultivation soil
  4. Lightly press the bottom

You can use a separate planter for each cuttings or put several cuttings in a larger plant pot. A sufficient planting distance should be maintained, otherwise the plants interfere with each other and remain in growth. Conventional growing soil is suitable as a substrate. This can be mixed with compost or appear more permeable due to the addition of coarse sand and thus ensure that the irrigation water can drain off easily.

Pineapple sage - overview of cuttings

measureexplanation
Cut the cutting▶ The cuttings are cut in late summer.
▶ Cutting is done from a shoot that has not yet been lignified.
▶ A cutting should be between eight and ten centimeters long.
▶ The cut is slanted, just below a knot.
Prepare the cutting▶ In the lower third of the cutting, all leaves and any buds are removed.
▶ Leaves still present in the upper area are halved.
▶ First the cuttings are not planted, but rooted in a water glass.
▶ The water must be changed daily.
▶ Rooting takes about two weeks and is accelerated through the use of willow water.
Plant cuttings▶ If the root has reached a length of about two centimeters, the cuttings are placed in planters.
▶ Growing soil can be used as a substrate.
▶ The cuttings are wintered bright and warm and have grown into a vigorous plant in spring.

What should be considered when caring for the cuttings?

The cuttings are now overwintered in the planter. This is done in a bright and warm location, without direct sunlight. The substrate should be kept slightly moist. Less is more here, because the earth must never be soaked through. This would attack the roots and cause the plant to die.

Tip:
Pineapple sage grows pretty quickly. Therefore, the plant pots should be checked during the winter, the roots protrude from the planter, must be repotted and the planter was probably chosen too small.

What happens to the young plant after winter?

Over the winter a well-developed young plant should have arisen. You can easily check whether the plants have developed a strong root system by pulling on the plant. If there is a clear resistance here, a stable root ball can be assumed.

After the ice saints, from mid-May, the young plants can move outdoors. There are options for planting pots or planting out directly in the open.

➔ Tip: Pineapple sage is not hardy and should get a bright and cool winter quarters in the house in autumn.

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