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General care for Salvias

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General care for Salvias

Salvias have fast become very popular with its long period of flowering, May – September even into October. The best time to plant out salvias is from late April May to early June, or as soon as possible after the risk of late spring frosts have passed. Giving your plants the maximum time to establish and get their roots down before winter. If you purchase your plants late in the season, they are best kept frost free and planted out the following spring.

Many salvias are reasonably hardy if planted in a sheltered sunny position. Some varieties are tender such as the patens varieties, best to take cuttings mid-late summer and overwinter frost free. Semi-hardy variety’s such as greggii can generally take temperatures down to -5 so can survive mild winters, always cover the bases with a leaf mulch to help get through severe winter. Micropylla varieties generally can take most English winters down to minus -8 -10. Nemorosa varieties are fully hardy, popular varieties such as Caradonna, Kate Glenn and Blue Bouquetta. The soil should not be over rich, and winter drainage must be good. It is advisable to take a few cuttings in late summer as a percussion

Salvias are very easy to grow with little demands., some are brittle and require support when planted out in an open or windy position. Do not be tempted to trim back and tidy your established salvias until late spring, when the new growth has started and the risk of frosts has passed.

Some popular varieties listed below to get you started on your collection.

Salvia microphylla `Hot Lips’

Salvia greggii `Amethyst Lips’ NEW!

Salvia nemorosa Caradonna

Salvia microphylla `Royal Bumble’

We have over 120 varieties listed on our website for mail order.