Salvia x superba ‘Rose Queen’ – (Sage)
Salvia x superba is one of the easiest perennials to grow from seed. A period of cold is not necessary. Seed sown from July to early September will produce good sized plants by December that will bloom in the summer of the first year. Plant in a dry, sunny location as it does not like wet growing conditions.
Salvia x superba, ‘Rose Queen’ is an erect, clump forming hybrid perennial sage that produces many upright, dense flower spikes of hooded, tubular ,Mulberry- rose over a long flowering period from summer onwards. It is fibrous rooted, and has an evenly branched form. the foliage is dark green and aromatic. The flowers attract bees and butterflies
It looks equally good in pots and the garden.
It likes well drained moist soil in full sun, but will tolerate any soil type. Pinch out growing tip when plant is 15cm tall to encourage bushy growth. Keep well watered until established. Fertilise monthly if desired.
Remove faded flower spikes to prolong flowering. Deadhead if you do not want it to self-seed. If you wish to collect seed allow the spherical heads to become dry and brown before cutting. Do not remove old stems until new growth appears in spring. Best time to divide perennial Salvias is in early spring prior to new growth emerging.
Sow indoors spring and early summer or approx. 8-10 weeks before last frosts are due. Sow onto moist well-drained seed compost. Cover with only a sprinkling of soil as light is needed for germination. Watch out for damping off. Ideal temp. 18-24°C. If temperature is not maintained germination can be erratic. Transplant seedlings when large enough to handle to 8cm pots. Increase pot size as the plant grows. Acclimatise and plant out after danger of frost has passed with 15-30cm spacing.
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