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Salvia

Salvia farinacea. Also known as Mealy Cup Sage, Victoria Salvia has silvery stems with graceful spires of tubular flowers. Prized for garden display as well as lush, long-lasting cut and dried flowers, Victoria forms a bushy, 18" mound for garden display or terrace containers. To dry Salvia, cut stems in full bloom and hang upside-down in a dark, dry area for several weeks until dried. It is best to start Salvia indoors 10 to 12 weeks before the last spring frost date. Deer resistant. Annual. Summer-flowering. Height: 12" to 18".

Average seed life: 1 year.

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Salvia Sowing Instructions
Planting Depth
:1/8”
Seed Spacing:1”-2”
Plant Spacing:12”
Days to Germination:7-20 days
Germination Temperature:65°-75°F

Salvia farinacea. It is best to start Salvia indoors 10 to 12 weeks before the last frost date. Sow shallowly since light aids germination. Pamper with 65°-75°F temperatures, strong light, good air circulation and moist soil by covering flats or pots with plastic wrap. Remove plastic wrap after the sprouts emerge. Once seedlings are large enough to handle, transplant to larger, deeper pots for full root system development. After all danger of frost has passed, harden them off by gradually acclimating them to the outdoors over 7 to 10 days. Transplant out or direct-sow in rich, well-draining soil and full to partial sunlight. Water regularly and mulch to deter weeds and retain ground moisture but keep mulch away from Salvia’s stems. Victoria Blue Salvia has graceful spires of deep blue, tubular flowers and is prized for garden display as well as long-lasting cut and dried flower arrangements. Summer flowering. Height: 12" to 18".

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