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Planting Instructions for Salvia (sage):

Bloom Time:  Summer Light:  Full sun to part sun
Soil:  Average to loamy, well-drained Moisture:  Average, drought tolerant
Planting Depth:  1/2 to 1" deep, mulch lightly Spacing:  15 to 18"

Upon arrival:  Unpack box and check that you have everything on your packing list. Bare root Salvia should be dry, so if condensation has formed on the inside of the bag, open and let it air out. Plant everything within a day or two.

Soil/Location:  Plant your Salvia in full sun to part sun in average to loamy, well-drained soil. Add compost or peat humus to enrich and loosen the soil if needed, but they are very adaptable to almost any soil conditions so long as they are not wet. Remember to keep the soil light and airy for perennials, so cover them with loose soil and don't pack it in after planting.

Moisture:  Salvia do not require much moisture and prefer to be grown somewhat dry. Early season plantings (April and May) and plants that have no foliage must be started on the dry side. During that time we like to water lightly once and then we don't water again until the foliage has started to emerge however they are very drought tolerant once established.

Spacing:  15 to 18"

Depth:  Plant with the top of the crown about 1/2 to 1" below soil level so no roots or crown are showing. Mulch lightly after planting.

General Instructions:  Amend your garden with compost or peat humus to enrich or loosen the soil, if needed, however Salvia are very adaptable to any good, loose, well-draining soil. Mix a couple teaspoons of garden food or bone meal into the planting hole if desired. Plant the roots as listed above, then water in once lightly. They prefer a slightly dry start when they are dormant in spring and have no foliage. Once they are actively growing it is alright to give them supplemental water once a week or so, if needed, although they usually only need to be watered when they wilt.

Landscape Uses:  Salvias are great summer perennials for the hot, sunny garden. Plant them with other drought tolerant perennials such as Achillea, Sedum, Echinacea, Rudbeckia, Iris, dayliles, lilies, Perovskia (Russian sage), Yucca, and ornamental grasses.

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