Questions about Salvias in the Sub tropics

barbcoleus(z10 Cape Coral,Fl)November 30, 2007

Hello Salvians!

I received some Salvia Lady in Red seeds a while ago, they sprouted and are now currently blooming in my garden. What's next? Are they annuals, perennials. I have them in dappled shade should they have more sun-I'm talking Florida sun. They've bloomed do I cut off the bloom stalk. I don't see any seeds. THanks for general information. I searched for salvia sub tropics but I didn't see any information in that area.

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Salvia coccinea 'Lady in Red' is an annual that reseeds fairly easily and really only needs pruning of the stalks for asthetics. Dappled or full FL sun should be ok.

    Bookmark   November 30, 2007 at 7:21PM
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You may find that this plant is a short-lived perennial in your zone. My mom is in zone 9, N. California, and her "mother" plant has lived over at least 2 years. It has reseeded abundantly all around it, too, since she's not very consistent when it comes to deadheading. :D It is on the west side of their house, under the shade of the wide porch overhang, so it gets very limited sun. Regardless, it wilts in their extremely hot summers, so she must water it at least once a day during those times, even with their heavy, red clay soil.


    Bookmark   December 1, 2007 at 8:10AM
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ladyslppr(z6 PA)

I think Salvia coccinea "Lady in Red" is a short lived perennial, like the regular species S. coccinea. It will probably live for a few years, and should bloom more or less continuously. You can remove the spent flower stalks, and should find lots of seeds inside the dried calyces. I would expect lots of volunteer seedlings to appear, and many of these will be pretty similar to the parent, but some will be more similar to the taller wild form of S. coccinea. This plant should do fine in full sun, part sun, or mostly shade. S. coccinea is pretty adaptable, usually doesn't have many problems (at least not in Louisiana, where I ahve grown it) and is well loved by hummingbirds that gather the nectar and goldfinches that eat the seeds.

    Bookmark   December 4, 2007 at 9:21PM
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