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How to Grow Salvia Flowers

Salvia annual flowers

Annual and Perennial

If you are looking for variety, you have come to the right flower. There are over 700 species of this plant that originated in warm and temperate climates. There are annual and perennial varieties aplenty.

Spiky flowers are borne on bushy plants. Sizes generally range from 10" to 60", with most varieties below 36". You most likely know, and readily recognize, the bright red and scarlet Salvia. But, the flowers are also found in most colors, including blue.

Did you know? Sage is a salvia. It is classified as a herb and a flower.

Salvia make nice bouquets fresh or dried for winter use.

Plant Propagation:

Salvia are often grown from seeds. Salvia can be directly seeded into your flower garden, or seeded indoors for transplanting later. For earlier blooms, start indoors six to eight weeks before the last frost.

Sow Salvia seeds early in the season. Some varieties require light to germinate, and the seed should be spread upon the top of the soil. Water lightly as the fine seeds can wash away, or penetrate too deeply into the soil.

Transplant Salvia into your garden after the last frost date for your area. Space them 10-20" apart, depending upon species. Give them plenty of room to grow and show off their bright blooms.

For perennial varieties, salvia plants can also be propagated by division, which is best done in the spring.

How to Grow Salvia Plants:

Salvia plants grow best in full sun. They grow well in average or better soil, but the soil should drain well. Add a general purpose fertilizer when planting them, then once a month after that.

Once your Salvia plants are established, they should grow well with few problems. Keep the soil moist to slightly dry. Water them during dry periods, once or twice per week. Keep them well weeded, or apply a 2-3 inch layer of mulch for a tidy appearance.

Many Salvia are heavy seeders. Place them in an area where you want them to re-seed and return each year.

Insect and Disease:

Insect and disease problems are not too common. If insect infestations or disease problems occur, treat early with fungicide.

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