What Is the Best Way to Dry Out Salvia Seeds?


Salvia, from the Lamiaceae family, is a genus of over 900 species with uses ranging from culinary to medicinal. Although salvia species are mostly tender perennials, many are grown as annuals because of their sensitivity to cold. Popular cultivars include Scarlett Sage, Mealycup Sage, Silver Sage, Salvia Purple Majesty and Painted Sage. These rapid-growing garden favorites can grow about 5 to 6 feet tall, producing spikes of vibrant blooms in shades of red, purple, pink and blue. Salvia plants thrive in locations that offer full sun and well-draining soil, becoming drought-tolerant once the root structure is fully established. Salvia seeds can be dried out and saved to use for later plantings.

Step 1

Remove bell-shaped seed pods with a gentle twist when they reach maturity and turn grayish-brown in color.

Step 2

Place the pods on a tray or screen and allow them to air out in a warm, dry location for two to three days.

Step 3

Break the seed pods open, after drying period, over a paper towel. Each pod typically holds two to three seeds.

Step 4

Place the seeds, on paper towel, in a warm and dry location and allow them to dry for another one to two days.

Step 5

Place the dried seeds in a plastic bag or paper envelope, labeled with the variety and date.

Tips and Warnings

  • Seeds that are not dried properly are susceptible to rot and mold.

Things You'll Need

  • Tray or screen
  • Paper towels
  • Plastic or paper bag
  • Label
  • Permanent marker


  • Wintersown.org: Seed Saving FAQs
  • Clemson University Cooperative Extension Service: Salvia
  • The Saturday Evening Post: Save the Seed!
Keywords: salvia propagation, saving salvia seed, salvia reproduction

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Deborah Waltenburg has been a freelance writer since 2002. In addition to her work for Demand Studios, Waltenburg has written for websites such as Freelance Writerville and Constant Content, and has worked as a ghostwriter for travel/tourism websites and numerous financial/debt reduction blogs.