Salvia greggii grow and care – herbaceous of the genus Salvia also known as Autumn sage, Salvia greggii perennial evergreen plant or as annual, used for edible leaves but mostly ornamental flowers and the fragrant that attract pollinators, can grow in subtropics, mediterranean, temperate climate and growing in hardiness zone: 10-11 as perennial and hardiness zone 5-9 (as annual), in hardiness zone 9 can grow as perennial with the right overwinter care.
Leaves edible fragrant in color green in ovate shape the leaves hairy.
How to care: Put fertilize once a year will be enough, winter care require over that plant in the base possible with wood chip or dead leaves
What is the best way to start growing? Plant / Seed (care instruction bellow) / Vegetative reproduction- possible by bending a branch over and covering it with soil, or by cutting, the cutting possible to put in water and switch the water every few days or put the stem in soil better peat soil and better with root growth hormone, in both cutting methods need to take care what will be enough humidity better to do it in warm spring or in autumn in hardiness zone 10b-11 in half shade
Is it necessary to use vegetative reproduction? No
Difficulties or problems when growing: Invasive
Planting season: Spring in hardiness zone 5-9 as annual, spring to summer in hardiness zone 9, spring or autumn in hardiness zone 10b, if the summer not too much hot possible in summer, all year in hardiness zone 11.
Pests and diseases: Aphids, spider mites
Pruning season: All season
How to prune: Just for design
Size of the plant: 40-60cm, 16-24 inches
Growth speed in optimal condition: Medium growing
Water requirement: Small amount of water / Average amount of water
Light conditions in optimal condition for growing: Full Sun / Half Shade
Is it possible to grow indoor as houseplant? No
Growing is also possible in a planter /flowerpot / containers: Yes
Bloom season: Entire year
General information about the flower Dancer flower the top is body with dress (labiate), color can be: red, pink, white or more than one color mostly pink and white
Leaves harvesting season: All year in hardiness zone 11+ and in hardiness zone 9-10 or as annual from spring to autumn
How to harvest the leaves? After the plant establish can with the stems
Information about leaves: Leaves are oval the color light to dark green, the taste remind with imagination to pineapple
Uses of Salvia microphylla leaves: Beverage, eat raw
How to grow Salvia greggii from seeds
Sowing requirement: Better to sow it in temperature of 20-25C (68-77F) possible in 15-29C (59-84F) but will take more time to germinate and less seeds will germinate
Saving and care seeds until sowing: Dry and dark location better in root temperature or refrigerator
Sowing season: Spring to summer in hardiness zone lower than 10a (include) but better in spring, autumn to winter in hardiness zone 10b+ spring, autumn or winter, and better not to sow it in hot summer days
How to plant: Plant in sunny location until 25C (77F), temperature that will be above in half shade
Planting spacing: 30*40cm (12*16 inches)
Depth of Sowing: 3-6mm (0.2-0.4 inch)
Conditions for seeds germinate: Moist soil, humidity, sunny location
Watering requires for Seeds: Average amount of water, don’t let the soil dry and keep the soil moist
Germination time: 2-3 weeks in optimal condition but can take 5 weeks
Condition of seedling: Moist soil, sunny location but if it’s in the summer need to increase the amount of water
Salvia red swing (also known as Autumn sage red swing) – Flowers color is red. The plant can reach a height of 70cm (28 inches) and a spread of 50cm (20 inches).
‘Furman’s red’-can reach a height of 60 to 120cm (24 to 48 inches with a spread of 45cm (18 inches). Flowers color is red magenta. Blooming time is from late spring until early autumn.
Flame (also known as Flame Texas sage) – red flowers with dark calyxes. Can reach a height of 70cm (28 inches) and a spread of 60cm (24 inches)
‘Wild Thing’ – hot pink flowers. Long blooming period from June to October. Plant reach a height of 60cm (24 inches)