Taking care of your Salvia plant in fall/winter

September 24, 2010

With temperatures dropping and the days getting shorter, it is time to think a few steps ahead to make sure your salvia plants will safely make it through the winter season. As you may know, Sally D doesn’t like cold, and temperatures below zero can prove fatal. As nights become colder, the leaves will start to blush red. This is the sign to put your plants inside. In most cases, placing your plant in a windowsill with some light (but no direct sunlight) will do. During this time she may drop more leaves than usual, this is nothing to worry about. Just make sure to cut down on watering. Others prefer to keep their salvia plants in a cabinet or grow room with artificial lighting. High Pressure Sodium (HPS) or Metal Halide (MH) lights can be used, but use up lots of electricity. Fluorescent bulbs are more energy efficient, and will work just as well to maintain your plants through winter, so they can be moved outside again in spring.

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