Salvia - Scarlet Sage
Salvia Scarlet Sage is a tender perennial and therefore often grown as an annual. It has brilliant scarlet flowers on tall spikes and makes a striking addition to beds and borders.
Great for attracting wildlife like bees and butterflies to the garden.
|When to Sow||Indoors March to May|
|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 September|
|Companion Planting||Attracts Bees, butterflies and other pollinating insects.|