How to Plant Salvia Hispanica


A native flower of South America, Salvia hispanica is classified as a member of the mint family and can grow to a height of 4 feet. Salvia hispanica is a popular pick among gardeners because of the bright green foliage and because it is a flavorful addition to many foods such as sandwiches, salads and soups. The seeds of salvia hispanica are high in omega-3 and used for health drinks and recipes. By following these few steps, you can easily and successfully grow salvia in your home garden.

Step 1

Fill each individual pot of the seed starter tray with peat moss. Place two to three salvia hispanica seeds in each pot at the beginning of March. You can purchase peat moss and a seed starter kit at your local garden specialty store.

Step 2

Moisten the peat moss using a misting bottle filled with water. Place the lid on the seed starter tray and place in a partially sunny area until the seeds sprout. Germination should take about two weeks.

Step 3

Remove the lid from the seed starter tray when the seeds begin to sprout, and place the seed starter tray in an area that receives full sun.

Step 4

Use a small garden trowel to prepare the soil for planting the salvia hispanica seedlings. Break up the soil, creating a fine planting bed. Salvia plants have no soil pH preferences, so amendments are not necessary.

Step 5

Transplant the salvia hispanica outside in the late spring or early summer once they have developed their second set of leaves.

Step 6

Use a small garden shovel to dig holes large enough to accommodate the seedlings' root balls. Space the holes approximately 12 inches apart. Carefully remove the seedlings from the seed starter tray and insert them in the holes. Gently fill in the soil around the seedlings.

Step 7

Water the plants using a water hose until the soil is thoroughly moistened to 1 inch below the surface. Keep the soil moist constantly but not soaked, especially during times of drought.

Things You'll Need

  • Salvia hispanica seeds
  • Seed starter tray
  • Peat moss
  • Misting bottle
  • Water
  • Garden trowel
  • Salvia seedlings
  • Small garden shovel
  • Water hose


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