Salvia – Rockin’® Blue Suede Shoes
Attracts: Bees, Butterflies, Hummingbirds
Dead-Heading Not Necessary
This is a wonderful annual Salvia (except in frost free zones) compact and richly colored it is easy and trouble free. It is sterile so it will not set seed and that means it will just bloom, and bloom and bloom all season without stopping.
You can easily trim to keep the shape or size where you want it, and it will branch out and become even thicker and more full of flowers.
Regular watering and fertilizing will keep the plant at maximum color and growth but it is amazingly tough and once established in a pot of the garden will tolerate lower levels of food and water. However, severe drought will cause lower leaves to drop and if this happens give it a quick haircut removing the upper 1/3 of growth and once it back to normal watering it will fill back in.
Use in containers and landscapes. This plant is a pollinator attracting machine, beloved by pollinators of many types.
Maintenance Category Easy
Water Category Average
Flower Form Border Plant, Container, Landscape, Mass Planting
Soil Fertility Average Soil, Poor Soil
pH B - pH 5.8 - 6.2
EC (2:1 Extraction Method) 0.6 - 0.9
Fertilization 150 - 200
Light Requirements High
Water Requirements Moderate to Moist
Rooting Out Temperature 65 - 72° Fahrenheit
Growing On Temperature 55 - 65° Fahrenheit
Holding Temperature 50 - 60° Fahrenheit
Planting and Timing Information
Spring to Summer Finish. Standard PPP.
Finishing Times [weeks]
4-5" and Quart Pot : 4-5
6" and Gallon Pot : 6-7
7-9" Pot : 7-8
10-12" and Two Gallon Pot :
Pinching and Growth Regulators
Pinch at 1-2 weeks after transplant as needed to shape. Oceana Blue habit will be improved with a 2500 ppm application of B-9. Sparkler varieties are quite vigorous and will likely need growth regulation. Apply growth regulators as needed for height control. B-9 at 2,500 to 3750 ppm should be effective.
Pest and Disease Management
General pest and disease practices as listed in notes.
Good air circulation and water drainage are important. Use a well drained soil mix.