A half hardy annual, flowers the same year as sown.
Sizzling red hot spikes of colour through the summer till teh frosts.
Excellent in beds and containers, beautiful for massed bedding displays and containers.
Native to Brazil, scarlet sage is a clump-forming, tender perennial that typically grows to 30 cm tall on square, upright stems.
Grow in average, evenly moist, well-drained soils in full sun to part shade.
If desired, cut back and pot up several plants in fall or take cuttings in late summer for overwintering in a bright but cool sunny window.
Genus - Salvia
Species - Splendens
Variety - Blaze of Fire
Common name - Scarlet Sage
Pre-Treatment - Not-required
Hardiness zones - 4 - 11
Height - 0,30 m
Spread - 0,30 m
Plant type - Annual
Exposure - Full Sun, part shade
Growth rate - Fast
Soil PH - Neutral, Alkaline
Soil type - Rich, Loam, Sand, Well Drained
Water requirements - Drought Tolerant, Average Water
Landscape uses - Beds, borders, cottage gardens, cutting gardens. Compact selections are good for edging and containers
Bloom season - June - October
Leaf / Flower color - Green, Gray Green / Scarlet
Sow indoors from January to March.
A warm kitchen windowsill is all you need for starting these seeds. Sow, 5 mm deep, in trays of compost. Water well and place in a warm position.
A temperature of +20-25C is ideal. Keep moist.
Seedlings usually appear in 14-28 days.
Transplant them, 5cm apart, to further trays, when large enough to handle. Always hold by a leaf, never by the stem. Grow on in cooler, but not cold conditions.
Gradually accustom young plants to outside conditions (avoid frosts), before planting out into well-drained soil, May-June, 23cm apart, when frosts are over.
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