HELPFUL TIPS ON GROWING SALVIA
There are over 900 species of salvias, both annuals and perennials. They are easy to grow, easy to care for, deer resistant, bloom abundantly and have long lasting blooms. Salvia are a wonderful garden perennials for honey bees, hummingbirds and butterflies!
- Salvias prefer full sun and well-drained soil.
- Dig a hole twice the diameter of the container the plant is in
- Mix in a 3-inch layer of compost
- Remove the plant from its container and place it in the hole so the top of the root ball is level with the soil surface.
- Space plants 1 to 3 feet apart, depending on the variety.
- Carefully fill in around the plant and firm the soil gently.
- Water thoroughly.
- Add a thin layer of mulch around the plant to retain moisture and control weeds.
- Keep soil moist through the growing season.
- Remove faded blooms to encourage continuous bloom.
- Wait until new growth begins in early spring to remove old stems.
- Divide perennial salvias every 3 years. The best time to divide is in early spring, before new growth begins.