How to Grow Salvia Divinorum Leaves

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Salvia divinorum is a perennial herb in the mint family that typically grows to a height of about 3 feet. It is native to the Mexican state of Oaxaca, where it has historically been used by the indigenous Mazatec shamans as a sacred medicine. It features large green leaves and white flowers and is often grown as an ornamental. While the plants do flower, their seeds rarely germinate; therefore, almost all propagation is achieved with cuttings. Salvia divinorum prefer moist, well-draining soil in a slightly shaded area.

Moderately Easy


things you’ll need:
  • Salvia divinorum plant
  • Garden clippers
  • Rooting hormone powder
  • Planting container, 6 inches in diameter with drip tray
  • Gravel
  • Organic potting soil
  • Pencils
  • Clear plastic produce bag
  • Rubber band
  • Organic liquid plant food
    1. Cut a 6- to 8-inch section from a healthy Salvia divinorum plant. Choose a branch that has good color and no pest damage. Trim the stem off just below a node, or the bump leaves are growing from. Remove the leaves at the node as well as any larger leaves above it. Leave at least two sets of leaves growing at the top.
    2. Add 1 inch of gravel to the bottom of the planting container for water drainage. Fill the container 2/3 full with organic potting soil. Water well and allow the excess water to drain.
    3. Dip the cut end of the cutting into powdered rooting hormone and gently tap to remove excess powder. Use the eraser end of a pencil to make a hole 2 inches deep in the potting soil. Insert the stem of the cutting into the hole and gently press the soil around it to secure it. Three cuttings can usually be started in a 6-inch container.
    4. Insert pencils into the soil at the edges of the container. These will keep the plastic bag from touching the cuttings. Place the potting container and drip tray inside the plastic bag and secure at the top with the rubber band. Moisture trapped in the bag keeps the soil moist. If the moisture evaporates, open the top and gently mist with water.
    5. Remove the plastic bag after one week. Water lightly when needed to keep the soil moist. Fertilize the Salvia divinorum after one month with an organic, all-purpose plant fertilizer. Mix the fertilizer according to the manufacturer’s instructions and dilute to half-strength before applying. Continue to fertilize weekly when watering.

Tips & Warnings

  • Salvia divinorum grows well indoors or outdoors.

  • Pinch back the tips of the branches during growing season to encourage bushier growth.

  • Do not allow the soil to dry out. Water immediately if leaves appear to be drooping.

  • Keep Salvia divinorum away from children and pets, and seek medical care if ingested.

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