How to plant Salvia

  • Salvia are fully hardy and can be planted directly outside in the spring. There is no need to protect Salvia from frost.
  • Soak the roots in water for 3-6 hours prior to planting out.
  • Plant directly into a clear space in borders in spring. To help them establish quicker, you can pot them up into temporary pots first and allow them to grow on without competition for a few months.
  • Plant the roots so that they are fully submerged with the buds or crown just below the surface or any top growth exposed.
  • Choose a sunny position for Salvia with free-draining soil. If you are planting in containers, you can use multipurpose or soil-based compost. Salvia are drought tolerant and prefer to be kept fairly dry once they have settled in.
  • Space the plants 15-20cm apart
  • Water-in after planting and keep hydrated until they have properly anchored their roots.
  • Read further general instructions about planting bare-root perennials
  • Planting instructions