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How to Grow Salvia Flower Plants

Annual and Perennial

Salvia is a true family of flowers, with lots and lots of members. There are over 700 species of Salvia, with both annual and perennial varieties. Some are even classified as herbs. Most notably in this group is Sage. Salvia originated in many areas of the world, including Mexico, Southwestern U.S., China, Asia, and Africa,

Bushy plants produce spiked flowers, and are popular with hummingbirds and butterflies. Most varieties grow one to three feet tall, with some as tall as five feet. There are a wide range of colors in this broad species of plant

Salvia make nice bouquets fresh or dried for winter use.

Some Salvias have medicinal and herbal applications.


Salvia are often grown from seeds. Salvia seeds can be directly seeded into your flower garden. Or, start plants indoors for transplanting later.  We recommend an indoor should be 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 or mist lightly. The fine seeds can wash away.

Salvia is also propagated by cuttings.

Salvia can also be propagated by division, which is best done in the spring.

How to Grow Salvia Flower Plants:

Salvia likes 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.

Transplant Salvia plants 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.

Established plants grow well with little attention. Keep the soil moist to slightly dry. Water them during dry periods as needed. Mulch around plants to keep the weeds down.

Insect and Disease:

Insect and disease problems are infrequent. Apply insecticides or fungicides only as needed.

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