How to grow Salvia splendens

Salvia splendens growing herbaceous of the genus Salvia also known as Scarlet sage, Salvia splendens perennial evergreen but can grow as annual used as ornamental plant, can grow in tropics, mediterranean, subtropics, temperate climate and growing in hardiness zone 10b+ as perennial, 5-10a as annual and with the right care can survive in hardiness zone 10a.

Leaves color green in ovate to heart shape.

Salvia splendens flower

Flower color mostly red but also can be pink, magenta, purple or white grow on stalk in inflorescence, flowers in tubular shape.

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How to grow Salvia splendens – growing and care:

Frost free (as perennial), well-drained soil

How to care:
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 better to do it in warm spring or in autumn in hardiness zone 10b-11 in half shade

Is it necessary to graft or use vegetative reproduction?
No

Difficulties or problems when growing:
?

Recommended planting season?
In tropic all year round, other climate spring

Pests and diseases:
Aphids

Pruning season:
All year

How to prune:
Mostly dead stalk

Size of the plant?
0.4-1.5 m, 16-60 inches

Growth speed in optimal condition:
Fast growing / Medium growing

Water requirement:
Average amount of water / Big 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 / flower pot / containers:
Yes, when grow in container, size 10-20L (2.6-5.2 gallons), require small to average amount of water with well-drained soil and the water go out of the pot, better not to use bottom of pot, every few years to switch soil can be all or just part of the soil, 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

Blooming information

Bloom season:
Most of the year

General information about the flower
Red flowers but also can be pink, purple, magenta or white grow on stalk in inflorescence.

How to grow Salvia splendens 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 vista purple – Blooming season is from late spring to late summer. Blooming color is magenta to violet-purple. Plant size when matures is 25 to 30cm (10 to 12 inches) height and 18 to 20cm (7 to 8 inches) spread

Scientific name:

Salvia splendens

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