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Growing Salvia

Purple Salvia PlantsGrowing salvia is very easy to do. They require very little care, as long as the proper conditions are given. Salvia plants require full sun in order to grow and flower. Good drainage is needed to help prevent root rot, and salvia will thrive in a variety of soil and water conditions. Growing salvia is one of the most rewarding tasks that any gardener can accomplish.

Many salvia are delicate plants, and are not hardy in areas that frost at all. However, some salvia are hardy in zones four through eight. The easiest way to propagate salvia in a garden is by division or cuttings, yet salvia are also easy to grow by seed. Dividing one larger plant into several small plants should be done every few years or so, in order to rejuvenate older plants.

The most important thing to note when growing salvia is their ability to survive on their own. Salvia come in many different colors, sizes and types. One of the most striking salvia for a garden is the salvia officinalis, or garden salvia, which has beautiful red blooms that last from spring to autumn.

2 thoughts on “Growing Salvia”

  • Sally

    I live in Northern Colorado and planted my salvia two seasons ago. This summer it started off gorgeous, but after a few heavy rainfalls and even a sprinkler watering, the salvias all split wide open and lay on the ground instead of standing upright? Why is this happening? My husband dislikes how they look and wants to move them, but I want to fix the problem. Please help if you can. Thank you.

    • Chris Link

      Russian sage has a tendency to sprawl, especially when young or grown in shade or grown in moist, fertile soil. If your plant gets fewer than 6 hours of sun per day, move it to a sunnier location. If your soil is rich and moist, understand that this condition contributes to soft, thin growth. Avoid high-nitrogen fertilizer and overwatering in the plant's vicinity. If you can't change the soil's moisture content, use stakes to keep plants upright. Hopefully that helps!

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