Salvia 'Blue Queen' produces closely packed spikes of deep purple-blue flowers emerging from blue-green scented foliage. This hardy variety flourishes in blazing sun and tolerates drought and is therefore easy to grow .
The Blue Queen has excellent garden value due to its compact but long lasting vibrant flower display which should encourage everyone to find a place for it in their garden
|When to sow||Indoors March to June|
|Where to sow||Sow indoors on the surface of moist compost filled pots or trays. Do not cover the seeds as they require light for germination. Place in a warm, light position (temperature of 18 to 24°C (64 to 75°F) is ideal).|
|Watch out for damping off.|
|What to do Next||When seedlings are large enough to handle, transplant into 7.5cm (3in) pots or trays and grow on in cooler conditions.|
|When all risk of frost has passed, acclimatise indoor raised seedlings to outdoor conditions over 7 to 10 days. Then transplant into final growing position planting them 45cm (18in) apart.|
|Pinch out growing tip when plants are 15cm (6in) tall to encourage bushy growth.|
|Water, fertilise and dead-head regularly to prolong the flowering period.|
|Flowering period||June to October.|
|Companion Planting||Attracts Bees, butterflies and other pollinating insects.|
|Height||30 to 45cm (12 to 18in).|
|Spread||30 to 45cm (12 to 18in).|
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