The Q&A Archives: Keeping Salvia Blooming

Question: Once the red flower petals fall from the stem of the Salvia, how do I keep them blooming?ie; do I cut the stem off and will they grow back? I'm lost.

Answer: You will want to deadhead the plants, or remove the spent flower stems. When you look at the plant, notice which portion of the top of the stem held the bloom. That is what you want to remove, cutting just above a leaf. Remove the blooms as they fade to encourage the plant to make more blooms. You might also want to follow a regular routine of fertilizing with a water soluble fertilizer for flowering plants or annuals if they are in a container. ( Be sure to read and follow label instructions. ) For plants in the ground, you could use that or an occasional application of compost. Also keep the soil evenly moist but not sopping wet. Plants in the ground will benefit from a mulch as well.

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