Salvia divinorum very rarely grows from seed. That means the majority of Salvia divinorum plants are clones of existing plants. That’s not necessarily a good thing — a cloned plant is genetically identical to its “parent,” and that makes the plant more susceptible to disease and the like. But with Salvia divinorum, we’re kind of stuck with cloning as the main way to propagate the plant since it doesn’t (typically) grow from seed.
So let’s say you want to make new Salvia plants. You need to be able to clone the plants yourself. To do so, follow the steps below, and you’ll be on your way to cloning a Salvia divinorum plant in no time.
Step 1: Acquire a live Salvia plant
Before you can clone a Salvia plant, you need an existing plant to clone. My article on live salvia divinorum plants lists some of the best places online to buy live salvia plants. Once you have a plant, you can use Salvia divinorum cuttings to grow a new plant.
Step 2: Make a Salvia cutting
In order to propagate Salvia divinorum, you’ll need a cutting to plant. So cut off a stem, which you’ll plant in soil or water in the next step.
Step 3: Choose water or soil
In this step, you need to make a choice: Will you grow your Salvia cutting in water or soil? Either option will work, so pick the one that appeals the most to you.
If you choose to propagate in water:
If you choose to propagate your salvia plant in water, you’ll want to place your cutting in a container filled with about a half inch of water and place it where it will get indirect sunlight. Every day, dump out the water and refill the container so it’s fresh. It should take about two weeks for the cutting to start developing roots, and you’ll want to transfer the cutting to a pot once the roots get to be about an inch long. Fill the pot with potting soil and ensure it’s well drained. To ensure the cutting gets enough humidity, cover it with a humidity tent for about two weeks.
If you choose to propagate in soil:
If you choose to propagate in soil, you’ll start by getting a small plastic cup, with a few holes punched in it so it can drain properly. You’ll want to fill it with potting soil, but not all the way, and place the cutting in a hole about two inches deep. You’ll want to water the cutting until the water drains through the holes in the bottom. You’ll place the plastic cup within another cup to catch the water drainage. After a couple weeks, the cutting can be moved to a larger pot.
Bonus step: Watch this video
If you’re more of a visual learner, like I am, you may find it helpful to watch a video explaining how to clone Salvia divinorum. Check out the video below, which offers an easy method of cloning Salvia plants. You’ll be growing your own Salvia plants in no time.