Hot Lips Salvia - Leaves Turning Yellow

sorioldJuly 13, 2013

We planted a bunch of the beautiful hot lips 3 or 4 weeks ago and they looked fantastic when they arrived. We are not sure why they are looking somewhat thin and not too happy and would appreciate any help. The soil is medium moist according to the moisture meter.

Also, it was very hot for the last two weeks here in Los Angeles, followed by a slightly more overcast and humid couple of days recently.

Thank you all in advance. I attached current pictures, as well as one from what the plants initially looked like.


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How is your drainage? This looks to me like classic overwatering and/or soggy soil. In any case they need to dry substantially between waterings.

    Bookmark   July 13, 2013 at 6:40PM
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rich_dufresne(z7 NC)

Besides soil moisture, the soil should be able to be aerated, which is why raised beds and loose soils help. Also, was there a sudden change of temperature, especially from warm to hot?

Make note on Hot Lips of how much red is in the flowers. Fertilizing this one during summer heat should not only increase growth, but generate redder flowers. The larger the red zone in the flowers, the more active the plant is in growth. Older, larger plants will show whiter flowers than young, faster growing ones.

Are the plants next to more aggressive plants that may be encroaching on the Hot Lips root zone, or are keeping it from needed expansion?

    Bookmark   July 14, 2013 at 11:19AM
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