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How much can I trim back a Purple Sage?

Zone Austin, TX | robertyo added on July 2, 2018 | Answered

I have a Purple Sage that has gotten out of control as far as height and width. Unfortunately, I've been cutting it like a tree which caused it to do this. I'd like to form it back into a bush, but wanted to find out if I can or if it's too late. Can I trim it way back? I might be in trouble because the only part flowering are the ends and there aren't many little branches on the branches anymore due to my cutting them off.

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MichiganDot
Answered on July 3, 2018

Now is not the right time for drastic pruning. This summer, remove faded flowers. 6 to 8 weeks before expected frost, trim off the top 1/3 being sure to leave several sets of intact leaves. This should help it bush out. In early spring, remove the 2 side branches, again making sure to leave several sets of leaves. Year 2, remove the center one. Another option is to take stem cuttings to start new plants. https://www.thespruce.com/pruning-woody-herbs-1402632

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