Summer Jewel Red (Salvia)
Latin Name: Salvia coccinea
Item #: 1273C
Suitable for Containers:
The bright red flower spikes are covered with half-inch blooms making it perfect for the bird lover’s garden where the bright red color acts as a magnet for hummingbirds. Even the leaves add beauty with their finer-textured, dark-green color. ‘Summer Jewel Red’, just 50 days from sowing to first flower, is approximately two weeks earlier than comparisons. Expect long season performance and superior holding ability in both wind and rain. This annual is ideal for full sun containers, mixed beds and borders where uniformity is desired. Pkt contains 25 seeds.
Annual (12-36 in/20-91 cm) Approx. 7,500 seeds per oz/28 g
GREENHOUSE: Sow Feb. 1st-15th for combination pots, Feb. 25th - Mar. 15th for May-June sales. 1 oz/28 g sows 6 (20x12 in/51x31 cm) flats @ 750-800 seedlings per flat. Sow as thinly as possible in Jiffy Mix for husky seedlings. Water flats thoroughly with 70°F/21°C water. Press seed firmly into marks, do not cover (needs some light to germinate). Germinate @ 75°F/24°C soil temperature, use bottom heat for 5-14 days. Transplant in 15-20 days, do not handle seedlings by the stems use the leaf. Plant at same depth as seedling, no deeper. Shade transplants until they become established. Grow @ 55-60°F/13-16°C. Use well drained sandy soil without gas or high salt residues.
DIRECT SOWING: Sow outdoors May 30th, transplant in 10 days. Dwarf types 8 in/20 cm apart, tall types 16 in/41 cm apart.