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Hot Pink Salvia

Someone kindly sent me some HPS seeds last Autumn which have germinated and grown into healthy looking seedlings of about 3 inches in spread and height. I have googled them but can't find anything matching that name and I have never grown Salvia before.  Any advice on where and when to plant out, size etc. would be appreciated and thanks to whoever sent them to me. I should have kept a note of what I received but somehow didn't get round to that.


  • Bright starBright star Posts: 1,130

    Try looking on Ashwood Nurseries web site, they have a fantastic selection of salvias to choose from with all the relevent growing info too. Verdun pointed me in their direction when I bought some salvias. I've just sown some salvia patens which is a blue one and they have all sprouted so looking forward to planting those in the garden.

    Life's tragedy is that we get old too soon and wise too late.

  • punkdocpunkdoc Posts: 13,277

    I would:

    keep potting on, when they fill a 2litre pot, they are ready.

    Not all Salvias are fully hardy, so I would not plant out until late spring.

    They like lots of sun [ who doesn't ] and good drainage. They do not need rich soil.

    There are ashtrays of emulsion,
    for the fag ends of the aristocracy.

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  • sooty5sooty5 Posts: 107

    Could they be Hot Lips Salvia Guernsey rather than hot pink ?

  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 26,992

    maybe just a description rather than a name. I have one that could be described as hot pink, it's probably a S. microphylla

    I think Salvia greggii has a cultivar called something Hot Pink 

    In the sticks near Peterborough
  • You may be right nut.  I have just googled Salvia greggii Hot Pink and it is a stunning looking plant.  Really attractive flowers.  I wonder if it is perennial or anual, it will be a bit hit and miss, but I am looking forward to watching the plant mature.  I think slugs enjoy salvias, so I will have to be extra vigilant.

  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 26,992

    greggii is perennial. sort of shrubby. 

    In the sticks near Peterborough
  • NewbNewb Posts: 211

    And once you have nice big plant, you can root cuttings. 

  • After years of growing bedding I am now looking for more perennial plants, but preferably ones I can grow from seed.  Plants are so expensive over here - freight, postage etc. although there are a few good nurseries that grow their own, most of the GC's import and the market isn't so big here as a large town or city in the u.k.

    I have just bought some dahlia corms/tubers today - Bishop of Llandaff - which I also grew last year.- it was one of the best, longest lasting, and easy to grow too. I liked it because the single flowers attracted bees to them, rather than the big blowsy doubles which keel over in the wind. I imagehope it lives up to it's reputation this year.

    Last edited: 02 February 2017 16:09:38

  • NewbNewb Posts: 211

    last year i tried growing rudbeckia, gaillardia, lupins, geums, verbena bionaries, shasta daisies, michaelmas daisies from seeds and i had good success. i grew many annuals from seeds too but those perennials i recommond. 

  • I agree with the geums Newb - as I have collected a few varieties now, grown from seed. The slugs ate my lupins a couple of years ago, so not bothered with them again. I am growing Verbena this year so looking forward to the results. I also grow hollyhocks and foxgloves from seed which are both bi-annuals. Thanks for the recommendations, always good to know which are successful.

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