SUPER SALVIAS 2018

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  1. NigelJ

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    That's one of the things I like about growing from seed. That you get something new and possibly different.
     
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      S. Dolichantha from seed

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        Looks like a good 'un :blue thumb:

        That looks like Salvia farinacea to me.
         
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          Of course ot is it's one of your seedlings :)

          I thought it was S. Farinacea. I was wondering if it's just one of the seed raised " Wedgwood " type things. It was £1.49 from The Range. Out if their bedding section.
           
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            As you know I grow a lot of Salvia and so seed can throw a few googlies!
             
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                Salvia elegans
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                Salvia seedling possibly rhinosina
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                  My Salvia elegans has really struggled this year @NigelJ .
                   
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                    @longk I've had a mixed year with Salvias. Salvia guaranitica didn't emerge until June, is now 6ft tall with no sign of flowering, like a number of people I lost S confertifolia. Amistad had to be dug up and is now in greenhouse with 6" tall shoot. S involuctra recovered and is flowering. S corrugata was overwintered in the greenhouse, but is showing no signs of flowering. S coccinea, S elegans, S microphylla ,"Crazy Dolls" and "Honey Melon" are all flowering well.
                     
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                    @NigelJ - it was strangely challenging this year. Winter bloomers S.gesneriiflora and S.coerulea were late blooming but then bloomed right up to the heat wave which was far, far later than normal. S.coerulea is almost in bloom again.
                    'Black and Blue' was late to get going, is not very tall but may just manage to bloom. No sign of flowers on my S.involucrata but at least it survived. 'Amistad' also survived and has bloomed steadily since late spring so work that out!
                    The shrubby microphylla and gregii types have struggled with the heat except for 'Nachtvlinder' which continued its thuggish quest for world domination!
                     
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                      Hi all,
                      I've just taken delivery of 10 Salvia plug plants from Hayloft. The question I have is what is the best way to look after these? Pot them up, keep them on a cool sunny windowsill until Spring?
                      Many thanks!
                       
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                        Hiya Ben :)
                        What salvias are they?
                        However, yes pot them into 7 or 9 cm pots, water them and let them drain. Then keep on the dry side over winter. :)
                         
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                          Hi Verdun,
                          Thanks! They're a mixture of different ones, off the top of my head: Peach parfait, Lemon pie, discolor, Amistad, Dilly Dolly, love and wishes, Nuchi...to name a few - there are ten in total!

                          I've repotted them, given them a good water. Unfortunately I don't have a greenhouse so I don't know now whether to keep them indoors over winter? Or pop them outside sporadically when it's mild in the day?
                           
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                          It's completely dependent upon which species you have. Care requirements for Salvia vary massively.
                           
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                            We cross-posted!

                            So ;
                            • Peach parfait and Lemon pie - if I recall correctly these are shrubby forms and are generally hardy. However, there is not enough time to get them established.
                            • S.discolor - not in any way, shape or form hardy. One sniff of frost and this is a goner, even large plants.
                            • Love and Wishes - keep it in the green and it will survive. Let the top growth die and it's toast.
                            • Amistad - mature plants have a degree of hardiness and will come back from the ground. Not what I would call fully hardy throughout the UK but careful positioning increases its chances.
                            • Dilly Dally - a new introduction from New Zealand (I think). Not tried this yet so I can't really say.
                            Without a frost free greenhouse it was probably the wrong time of year to buy these. Best kept as cool as possible but frost free. Plenty of air movement is vital for S.discolor.
                             
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