Farinaceous SageItem no. V0680
- The newest addition to Benary's Salvia program, Fairy QUEEN brings a mystical, airy presence to the garden or mixed container
- Dense blue flower spikes and buds create the backdrop for Fairy QUEEN's unique appearance
- A small white spot on each sapphire blue flower creates the illusion of fairy dust. At 18" (45 cm), 'Fairy Queen' matches the height and habit of AAS winning Salvia 'Evolution'. Ist well-branched habit yields a significant number of flowers over deep green foliage. Like ist partner varieties 'Victoria Blue', 'Silver', 'Reference' and 'Evolution', 'Fairy Queen' is an excellent garden performer, flowering from spring through the first frost. This queen of the garden adds beauty and long lasting color to any sunny setting. 'Fairy Queen' is an excellent summer pot item and impressive when used in mass plantings in large beds. Combine Salvia 'Fairy Queen' with Begonia 'Nightlife Pink' and Delphinium 'Summer' series for a refreshingly cool garden presentation or make a bold statement by combining 'Fairy Queen' with Rudbeckia 'Corona'.
18″ / 45 cm
Sun - Partial shade
Bedding, Potplant, Landscape
- Uses: Plant for bedding, pot and container plant for patio, cut flower production
- Exposure: Sun - Partial shade
- Garden height: 18″ / 45 cm
- Crop time: 12-20 weeks
- Sow time: December-January for flowering in pots from end of May onwards; May-June for flowering pots from August onwards
- Sowing method: 2-3 seeds per plug, sowing directly into pot is recommended
- Germination*: 5-10 days at 72-76 °F (22-24 °C) in a media with very low soluble salt levels. Light aids germination and uniformity of germination. Keep soil uniformly moist but not wet; keep relative humidity levels near 95 %.
Transplant into pack, pots or larger containers with a well-drained media. Avoid high fertilization levels until plants have rooted out into the pot. Finish at 60-65 °F
- Media: Use a well-drained, growing perennial, pH: 5.5-6.5. Field: humus, loamy soils with good drainage. Standard fertilization: 50-80 g/m² of a slow release fertilizer.
- Temperature: Grow at 14-16 °C. When the buds are visible, the temperature should be decreased to 14 °C. Salvia farinacea does not tolerate frost.
- Fertilization: Moderate-high fertilization levels are required. Fertilize the crop weekly with 200-250 ppm nitrogen (at 0 kg/m² slow release fertilizer in substrate), using a complete balanced fertilizer. The roots are sensitive to high salt levels in substrates. Avoid high fertilizer concentrations, it is advisable to fertilize several times with low concentrations weekly.
* Germination Stages (from seed to finished young plant)
Stage I Starts with the radicle breaking through the testa. The roots are touching the medium.
Ends with fully developed cotyledons.
Stage II Starts from fully developed cotyledons. Ends with the fully developed true leaf or true leaf pair.
Stage III Starts from the fully developed true leaf or true leaf pair and ends with 80% of the young plants being marketable.
Stage IV All young plants are ready for sale and in the process of being hardened off. This stage lasts about 7 days.
The cultural recommendations are based on results from trials conducted under Central European conditions. Different conditions in other parts of the world may lead to deviations in results achieved.