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Tips On Growing And Caring For Different Types Of Salvia

Growing salvia is something every gardener should try. Learning how to grow salvia and caring for salvia plants gives the gardener a wide range of sights and smells, as there are many different types of salvia.

Discover the different types of salvia plants and choose the one that most appeals to your senses for the empty space in the garden.

The flowers of most salvia plants are long-lasting and attract butterflies and pollinators, which are always good for the garden.

The types of salvia plants can be annual or perennial, most grow quickly and tolerate the heat of summer with more elegant pointed flowers.

Salvia plants varieties for your garden

Many colors are available in different types of salvia and include blues, purples, pinks, and reds, as well as some whites and yellows.

Some salvias even take on the appearance of a shrub, such as pink salvia (Salvia pachyphylla). The growing salvia foliage remains attractive for the season and is often the source of fragrance.

Depending on the types of salvia plants you choose, you can smell pineapple (Salvia elegans), fruit (Salvia Louisiana), or common salvia (Salvia Officinalis).

Additionally, the seeds of the recently popular chia plant come from the Salvia hispanica plant.

How to grow salvia

They can be planted from seed, seedlings, or cuttings when the soil is warm outside after the last frost date. You can plant salvia in common soil, in a sunny or partially shaded location for most varieties.

However, some growing salvia plants, such as Japanese yellow salvia (Salvia koyamae), like shade and rich, moist soil.

When planting different types of salvia that you are unfamiliar with, research each plant to find your preferred growing conditions.

Salvia plant care

A member of the mint family, salvia plant care is moderate with most growing salvia varieties. The need to water, as well as to grow, varies between different salvias, but most prefer to dry between waterings to a depth of 1 cm.

Fertilizing with a controlled-release plant food encourages growth and more flowering ears. Salvias bloom in clusters or pointy panicles that rise above the plant.

When the flowers are gone, remove these thorns to encourage additional blooming. If the salvia plant begins to look tired or overgrown in midsummer, you can also remove a third of the plant.

The salvia plants will regrow and reward you with flowers that last into fall.

We hope you enjoy this video about how to grow and care for salvia plants:

Source: WaltersGardens

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