Salvia sclarea grow and care – shrub of the genus Salvia also known as Clary sage, Salvia sclarea perennial evergreen, biennial or annual used as ornamental plant or medical plant, can grow in subtropics, mediterranean, temperate climate and growing in hardiness zone: 5-11 (as perennial or biennial) 5-11, in hardiness zone 3-5 with the right care as annual.
Leaves fragrant color green in ovate shape the leaves hairy.
Salvia sclarea flower
Flower color white, pink or purple, flower shape its dancer body with dress.
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? Yes when grow as annual if not might won’t bloom, easy grow from seeds and doesn’t require much
Difficulties or problems when growing: Invasive
Planting season? Spring, summer, autumn
Pests and diseases: Aphids, spider mites
Pruning season: All season
How to prune: Just for design
Size of the plant: 30-180, 12-72 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, when grow in container, size 5L (1.3 gallon) as annual and 10-20L (2.6-5.2 gallons) as perennial, require small to average amount of water with well-drained soil and the water go out of the pot, soil need to be well ventilated and make enough hole in the containers with good drainage, can us in potting mix or peat soil with perlite or vermiculite and add rich soil with organic matter.
Bloom season: Spring, summer, autumn and as annual in summer to autumn
General information about the flower Dancer flower the top is body with dress, color purple, white or pink
How to grow Salvia sclarea 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