How To Propagate Salvias: A Step-By-Step Guide For Gardeners

Salvias are popular flowering plants that add color and beauty to any garden or landscape. These perennials come in a variety of colors, including red, purple, pink, blue, and white. Propagating salvias is an easy way to multiply your plants without having to spend money on buying new ones. In this blog post, we will discuss how to propagate salvias.

What is propagation?

Propagation is the process of growing new plants from existing ones. There are several methods of propagating plants such as cuttings, division, layering and seed sowing.

Cutting method

The easiest way to propagate salvias is through stem cuttings. Follow these simple steps:

Step 1: Choose a healthy plant with green stems and no signs of diseases or pests.
Step 2: Cut a stem about four inches long just below a leaf node (where the leaf meets the stem).
Step 3: Remove all leaves from the bottom half of the cutting.
Step 4: Dip the cutting in rooting hormone powder.
Step 5: Place it in moist potting soil or peat moss.
Step 6: Keep it warm and moist by covering it with plastic wrap or placing it in a clear plastic bag.
Step 7: Wait for roots to develop which usually takes around two weeks.

Division Method

Another method for propagating salvia involves dividing mature clumps into several smaller sections. This can be done during springtime when new growth begins appearing at the base of each clump.

Here’s how you do it:

– Dig up your established plant using a sharp spade
– Gently shake off excess soil so you can see where exactly you want divide
– Use pruning shears or knife sterilized with rubbing alcohol
– Cut through roots between individual plants
– Replant each section separately into prepared holes

Layering Method

This propagation technique works best on low-growing types of salvias. Layering method involves bending a stem to the ground and covering it with soil until roots grow.

Here are the steps:

Step 1: Identify a low-growing salvia plant.
Step 2: Choose a healthy, flexible stem.
Step 3: Bury the middle part of the stem about two inches deep into damp soil or perlite.
Step 4: Keep moist but not waterlogged while waiting for new roots to form which usually takes around four weeks.


Propagating salvias can be rewarding and cost-effective, allowing you to enjoy more plants in your garden without having to spend money on buying new ones. The methods discussed here – cutting, division and layering – are all easy ways to propagate these beautiful flowering plants. So give it a try and see how many salvias you can produce!