Re: [gardeners] Silver Sage (Saliva argenta)

George Shirley (
Mon, 13 Jul 1998 05:48:44

At 11:22 PM 7/12/98 +0000, you wrote:
>I am having a dickens of a time with this plant. Anybody got any hints? I 
>have it in a very lean, very fast-draining mix. Surface of pot is mulched 
>with turkey grit to try to keep the crown as dry as possible. It hasn't 
>died yet, but as soon as the new leaves get about 6" long, they give up 
>the ghost. No sign of a flower. I have it in full sun and am wondering if 
>that is the problem. 
>Catharine, Atlanta, zone 7b
I had the same trouble with my common sage and the silver I had just
purchased. Both in fast draining mix but seemed to lose leaves at a rapid
rate. I finally quit watering them until they showed a little wilt and put
white clam shell (common in Louisiana) around the base out beyond the drip
line. Both appear to be doing well now but I'm still holding my breath. I
believe the humidity is doing them in and wondered if moving them in the
low-humidity house under the lights would help. So there, an answer, of
sorts, and another question.