Salvia farinacea (Mealycup Sage) - Key Growing Information
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.
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.
USES: Long-lasting cut flower, and can also be dried. Excellent in beds, borders, containers, and planted en masse.
SCIENTIFIC NAME: Salvia farinacea.
ALTERNATE NAMES: Mealy blue sage, mealy sage, mealycup sage, blue salvia.