Middleton Nurseries

Growing Plants Since 1975

Salvia care - soil conditions - pruning

john zako
  • Salvia's prefer a well-drained soil . You can always improve a heavier garden soil with a mixture of compost, mulch and small fractions of lime gravel.

  • Preferably plant them in the spring and early summer so that they develop a strong root system to go into the winter. Semi-hardy species are best kept in a warm and protected place from the northeast wind. Most salvia's keep full sun , yet there are exceptions. The larger the leaf, the more shadow they can endure.

  • Never completely prune them in the winter. At the beginning of April you can cut the plants down to 1/3 once they are shooting. Repeat a second decent pruning mid July and you will get exuberant autumn blooms.