The easy-care steppe sage likes a rather dry soil and loves a sunny, warm location. If it feels good, then it will bloom profusely and with itself. Unfortunately, these seeds are not varietal.
- How to care for your steppe sage - important tips and tricks
- Is the steppe sage edible?
- Is the steppe sage hardy?
Is the steppe sage suitable as a cut flower for the vase?
The steppe sage is versatile. The leaves and flowers are edible, but the plant is also very suitable as a cut flower for the vase. The mostly blue flowers fit perfectly into colorful bouquets or can be used tone-on-tone with ornamental onions, irises or cranesbills.
When is the best time to cut the steppe sage?
For radical pruning, you have the choice between autumn and early spring. Do not cut until spring, then the old leaves will protect your steppe sage from possible frost damage in winter. If you would rather have a “tidy” garden, then cut as early as autumn and cover your steppe sage with some leaves.
How to properly cut steppe sage
The ideal cutting height for radical cuts is about a hand's breadth above the ground. However, you should absolutely avoid cutting into the old wood, the steppe sage doesn't like that at all. You should always remove sick and dry shoots as soon as you discover them.
To prevent the steppe sage from seeding itself, remove the bloomed inflorescences in good time. In this way you prevent the uncontrolled reproduction of your steppe sage. However, it can also be very exciting not to know what colors and shapes the future generations will have.
So-called remounting is the total pruning of a plant after flowering. It should encourage this plant to flower a second time. The second flowering of the steppe sage takes place in September.
The most important cutting tips for steppe sage:
- Cut back in autumn or spring
- ideal cutting height: a hand's breadth above the ground
- Remounting cut possible
With a radical pruning after flowering, you will encourage your steppe sage to flower again.