Learning Download: How to Grow Salvia
Salvia blooms are spiky flowers that grow on bushy plants. They can reach 10 to 60 inches in height, but most varieties are below 36 inches.
Before Planting: Salvia grows best in full sun, and it grows well in average to good soil with a pH of 5.5 to 6.5.
Planting: Direct sow seeds and space 10 to 20 inches apart depending on the variety and its size.
Watering: Water once or twice during the week.
Fertilizer: Once it is established, cut the flowers back each fall and apply a balanced fertilizer in the spring.
Days to Maturity: Salvia blooms from late spring to early summer.
Harvesting: When bringing the fresh flowers inside to display, remove any leaves or blossoms that will be underwater. Salvia’s leaves can be harvested for herb use in culinary dishes.
Tips: Apply a 2-inch layer of mulch around the plants to retain moisture and deter weeds.