PLACEMENT & CULTIVATION
I can hardly imagine a garden without salvia, for the genus has so many irreplaceable floral gems–easy to grow, trouble-free, many quick to bloom, and growing lustily in gardens and containers. They offer a neverending parade of flowers ( at least until frost) and the entertainment of their attendant hummingbirds and bees. Those pesky deer avoid it, perhaps stayed by the unpleasant aroma of the bruised leaves. Pinch back once plants reach 6" tall to encourage bushiness. Deadhead frequently or cut for bouquets.
Water regularly—about 1" of water per week, or more during dry spells.
Tolerates most soil pH levels.
Mix in 2" of compost prior to planting and apply organic time release fertilizer or a monthly application.
Diseases & Pests:
Occasionally susceptible to mildew or rust; prevent by planting in a location that has good airflow. If disease appears, treat with an organic fungicide or neem oil once per week until the problem is resolved. If whiteflies appear, spray down the plant daily with a good blast of water until the pests are gone.
When to Cut for Bouquets:
Cut when about 1/2 of florets are open.