Salvia - Key Growing Information

A bed of salvia, one of our favorite varieties, prized for its early, bright blue flowers borne on strong, thin stems.
DAYS TO GERMINATION: 5-12 days at 75-78°F (24-26°C).

SOWING:
Transplant (recommended): Sow 6-8 weeks before last frost. Gently press seed 1/4" deep into soil, but do not cover as light is required for germination. Bottom water or mist to avoid covering seed with displaced soil. Transplant into cell packs or larger containers at the second true leaf stage. Harden off and transplant outside after the last frost. Direct seed: Sow in clumps of 3-4 seeds, 1/4" deep.

LIGHT PREFERENCE:
Sun/Part Shade.

SOIL REQUIREMENTS:
Average soil.

PLANT SPACING: 12".

HARDINESS ZONES:
Gruppenblau and Victoria Blue: Perennial in Zones 8-10, but best grown as an annual. Marble Arch Mix II: Annual.

HARVEST:
Gruppenblau and Victoria Blue: For harvest either as a fresh or dried flower, harvest when the bottom 3-4 flowers have opened. Hang to dry. Marble Arch Mix II: Fresh: Harvest when the bracts are fully colored. Dried: Harvest when the colored bracts have stiffened a little. Hang to dry.

USES:
Long-lasting cut flower and can also be dried. Excellent in beds, borders, containers, and planted en masse.

SCIENTIFIC NAME:
Salvia spp.

ALTERNATE NAMES:
Clary sage, annual clary, bluebeard, wild clary, mealycup sage