Agastache and Salvias forum: Salvia greggii Seed Question

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Name: Cameron Allen
Plano, TX (Zone 8a)
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TexasPlumeria87
Jun 8, 2016 12:03 PM CST
Today I collected some seeds from my Rose Pink salvia greggii and coral/pink salvia greggii. I didn't think they would produce seeds since they're hybrids. Is it worth it to grow them from seed? How long would it take for the seedlings to reach blooming maturity? Thanks
Name: Marilyn
Northern KY (Zone 6a)
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Marilyn
Jun 8, 2016 2:50 PM CST

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I didn't think hybrids produced seed, so I don't know. Hopefully, @FBTS or another member will chime in and answer your questions.
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Name: Cameron Allen
Plano, TX (Zone 8a)
Winter Sowing Birds Annuals Region: United States of America Native Plants and Wildflowers Foliage Fan
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TexasPlumeria87
Jun 8, 2016 2:58 PM CST
Thanks Marilyn. It was definitely a surprise finding seeds in the flowers.
Name: Kermit Carter
Elk, California (Zone 9a)
Offering 400+ Salvias and counting
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FBTS
Jun 8, 2016 9:23 PM CST
We grow literally thousands of Salvia microphylla and greggii from seed every year. With good care one can bloom some of them in 4 to 6 months, some take longer. It really is not till the second year that a proper evaluation can be made.

Now, out of those thousands that we bloom, in a good year we keep 5. The largest proportion are either inferior to their parents or in no way better. It is fun to see them bloom for the first time, none the less.

Name: Cameron Allen
Plano, TX (Zone 8a)
Winter Sowing Birds Annuals Region: United States of America Native Plants and Wildflowers Foliage Fan
Houseplants Xeriscape Orchids Clematis Salvias Seed Starter
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TexasPlumeria87
Jun 9, 2016 7:22 AM CST
Wow that's amazing. I didn't know they bloomed so fast from seed? I'm going to give them to a friend to try them out since he has better luck with seeds and since he doesn't have any greggii. I have a Hot Lips salvia nearby so is it possible both the Rose Pink and Coral could have crossed with the Hot Lips variety? I really appreciate your knowledge FBTS. Thumbs up
Name: Marilyn
Northern KY (Zone 6a)
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Marilyn
Jun 10, 2016 1:30 AM CST

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Thanks Kermit for chiming in.
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