We live in the Mid-Atlantic area of the U.S.A. It rarely goes below 20 degrees in the winter. We have Red Salvia in containers that self-seed and return year after year! Here a 6 tips to get free Red Salvia every year:
- After the first hard frost, when the temperature goes below 32 degrees, do not cut back the plant. Leaves and stems provide nutrients to the plant during the fall/winter months, so keep the dormant foliage throughout the fall/winter months.
- In early spring, fertilize lightly with an organic fertilizer. Our favorite is Espoma FT4 4-Pound Flower-tone 3-4-5 blossom booster Plant Food.
- Make sure the soil stays moist. To learn more about watering plants, click here.
- Keep an eye on the pot/container. You are looking for the first sign of plant growth. You will notice tiny, heart-shaped leaves. They can be mistaken for weeds, so don’t pull them until you are sure! Most likely, they are Red Salvia.
- When you know that the new growth is Red Salvia, you can cut back the old stalks from last year.
- Continue to fertilize lightly every few weeks. To learn more about fertilizing annuals, click here
- As the plants grow, they will begin to look more like Red Salvia. Follow these tips year after year and you will never have to buy Red Salvia again!
Red Salvia has beautiful red spiked flowers that attract hummingbirds to your garden! They like morning sun. They don’t like the hot afternoon sun. Red Salvia will continue to bloom until the first hard frost, temperature below 32 degrees overnight. To learn 3 tips to keep Red Salvia blooming until the first hard frost, click here. Bonus tip for beginner gardener: They key to growing Salvia is the right amount of sun. Salvia like 4-5 hours of morning sun. They don’t like the hot afternoon sun.
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