Salvia Seeds - Sizzler Mix
- Seed Count: 40 seeds
- Maturity Date: 80-90 days from planting
- Plant Height: 10-16 inches
- Flower Colors: Red, white, purple, and pink
- Light Requirements: Full sun
- Soil Requirements: Well-drained, moderately fertile soil
- Special Features: Attracts hummingbirds and butterflies
- Hardiness: Generally grown as an annual, though some varieties are perennial in Zones 8-10
History: Salvia, a member of the mint family, has a long and varied history that stretches across cultures and continents. Originating in various parts of the world, from the Mediterranean to Central America, Salvia has been used for culinary, medicinal, and ornamental purposes. The Sizzler Mix is a cultivated variety known for its vibrant, multicolored blooms that add a burst of color to any garden setting. It's a modern hybrid developed to produce a dazzling array of flower colors while maintaining a compact growth habit, perfect for gardeners who want high visual impact without the sprawling size.
Uses: The Sizzler Mix Salvia serves multiple functions in the garden and beyond. Its vibrant flowers make it a popular choice for ornamental gardening, brightening up flower beds, containers, and borders. Because of its attractiveness to hummingbirds and butterflies, it is also ideal for those looking to create a pollinator-friendly garden. The flowers are even suitable for cutting and arranging in vases, providing an indoor extension of your garden's beauty. Additionally, being a part of the mint family, some traditional uses have included the use of its leaves for culinary and medicinal purposes, although the Sizzler Mix is primarily grown for its ornamental value.
Growth Habit and Planting Instructions: Salvia Sizzler Mix prefers a location with full sun and well-drained, moderately fertile soil. To plant, sow seeds indoors 6-8 weeks before the last expected frost or directly outdoors after danger of frost has passed. Place the seeds 1/8 inch deep and spaced about 12-16 inches apart. Keep the soil moist but not waterlogged. Germination usually occurs within 14-21 days. Once the plants are established, they are relatively drought-tolerant but will perform best with regular watering and feeding with a balanced fertilizer. These plants generally reach maturity within 80-90 days from planting, offering an extended bloom period that continues until the first frost.