Vegetative Variety

Salvia officinalis Silver Scent

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Data is gathered from our West Grove, Pa., trials (Zone 6a). Southern growers: expect 1-2 weeks earlier finishing. Northern growers: 1 week slower. Consider summertime scheduling accurate. Dates based on a standard 72 liner size.

Notes/Pitfall Management
Will flower in about 6 weeks after forcing from vernalized container. Foliage plant only with minimal flowering without overwintering.
Week color desired
URC stick week
Liner transplant week
Early Spring
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Propagation Guide
Media EC/pH: EC 0.75-0.80 mmhos/pH 5.8-6.2
Soil Temperature: 70-72°F (21-22°C)
Rooting Hormone: 1,000 ppm IBA
Mist: Low
Fertilization: 50-75 ppm N only after rooted
Pinching: A soft pinch will increase branching.
Transplanting: 35-42 days after sticking
Comments: Discontinue mist as quickly as possible and only mist to avoid leaf wilt. Begin feeding 7 days after sticking with 50-75 ppm N.
Finishing Guide
Media pH: 5.8-6.2
Temperature: Nights: 45 to 55°F (7 to 13°C) Days: 55 to 65°F (13 to 18°C)
Light Level (fc): 5,000 to 8,000
Vernalization: Beneficial; aids in bulking. Not required for flowering.
Daylength: Short day obligate
Watering: Allow media to dry moderately between watering.
Fertilization: Use a balanced fertilizer at a rate of 150 to 200 ppm.
Pinch After Transplant: Yes
Plant Growth Regulators: PGRs generally not needed