How to Grow Salvia Seeds


Grow salvia (Salvia farinacea), also known as mealy-cup sage, as an annual plant in herb and flower gardens. The plant grows to a height of 2 feet, depending on variety, and has upright blue, violet or white flower spikes that add textural interest, especially when planted in a border. The plant flowers from early spring to late fall and requires little care. It likes moist, well-drained soil and will thrive in part to full sun. Salvia is deer resistant and non-invasive, although it does self-sow.

Step 1

Fill seed starter trays with potting soil.

Step 2

Place salvia seeds in the trays, 1 or 2 seeds per cell. Cover with a light layer (1/8 inch) of potting soil.

Step 3

Spray soil with water from a mister or spray bottle until moistened, but not soaking. Water every 2 days or more to keep soil evenly moist.

Step 4

Cover the seed tray with plastic wrap and set in a warm, sunny location. Salvia seeds need temperatures between 65 and 70 degrees F. to germinate, so keep them warm. Remove the plastic film once seedlings emerge from the soil.

Step 5

Plant seedlings when they are 2 to 3 inches tall and all danger of frost is passed.

Things You'll Need

  • Potting mix
  • Seed starting trays
  • Plastic wrap
  • Spray bottle


  • Cornell University Department of Horticulture: Salvia Blue
  • "The Garden Primer"; Barbara Damrosch; 1988

Who Can Help

  • Cornell University Department of Horticulture: How to Grow Annuals
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