Salvia Marble Arch - Renee's Garden
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Heirloom Butterfly Salvia
Easy to grow, low maintenance and both pest and disease free, these easy care flowers show off their vibrant flags of color in perfectly matched shades of intense indigo blue, rich rose and pure white. Blooming hard throughout summer and fall, they strongly attract butterflies. Add to fresh bouquets or air dry for everlasting displays. Enjoy in the in the summer garden and/or grow in containers for beautiful color. Both deer and rabbits avoid these pretty plants.
Days To Germinate
April – June
4 – 5 in.
10 – 20 days
TO START DIRECTLY IN THE GARDEN
Sow seeds in a well-worked seed bed in full sun when all danger of frost is past and weather is warm and settled. Space seeds 4 to 5 inches apart in rows 12 inches apart, cover about 1/2 inch deep and gently firm soil. Keep soil evenly moist while awaiting germination in 10 to 20 days.
TO START EARLY INDOORS
Five to six weeks before last frost date, sow seeds 1/2 inch deep and 2 inches apart in a container of seed starting mix. Keep moist and provide a strong light source until seedlings are ready to plant in the garden. Acclimate seedlings gradually to outdoor conditions when night temperatures are regularly above 50°F (10°C). Space seedlings 10 to 12 inches apart in the garden.
This improved variety shows its three lovely shades at the same time and the pretty floral top bracts get larger and more colorful over time. Use cut blooming branches to add texture, color and form to fresh summer bouquets. Stems of Marble Arch will also retain their colors well for everlasting arrangements; simply hang small bunches upside down indoors in a place with good air circulation until dry to the touch.