There are two basic ways to grow the salvia divinorum herb. Salvia can either be grown from a seed, or from cuttings taken from a healthy plant. The easiest way to grow the salvia divinorum herb is from a seed. To make sure that it propagates correctly, you will want to be sure to implement all the necessary steps needed to grow it successfully.
To grow salvia from a seed, you will need to obtain the seed from a supplier. You can find several good ones online if there are none near you locally. Next, you will need to get a planting pot that will fit the growth of the herb. If possible, it would be best to use a hanging pot when planting the seed because the soil needs to be watered from the bottom as well as the top. If you cannot find a hanging pot to plant it in, then make sure to use a very good mister to keep the plant leaves and soil moist.
Once you have found your pot, simply burry the seeds about two or three milimeters deep. That would be roughly 0.1 inches. Place the pot in a place where there is no chance of it being knocked over as the seeds are very small and fragile. The salvia herb is slow growing at first, but after it has had a chance to gain some strength, it will take off and become strong like most other home grown plants. The seeds should germinate within about two to four weeks if they are viable.
You can also grow salvia divinorum from cuttings. To plant it this way, make a cut just below the node on the plant, with clean, sharp shears. The cuttings grow best when they are between two and eight inches in length. Place the cuttings in individual glasses, with about one and a half cups of water in each of them. Keep them seperate and they will grow better. In about two to three weeks, you should see them begin to grow roots, and at this point you can plant them in soil as already described.
After they have grown several small roots, and
you have planted them in very loose soil, keep them well watered. Make sure that the soil is not soggy, but very well saturated. Keep the plants inside again for another two or three weeks until the root system has grown strong enough to sustain the winds, and other outside elements. Just in case something goes wrong, it is recommended that you attempt growing between six and twelve plants at one time. When done this way, you will be sure to have at least one prosperous salvia divinorum plant that survives and grows to be healthy.
It is also recommended that when first planting salvia, you try both methods. Use seeds to plant three to six plants, and then use cuttings to attempt growing another three to six plants. Upon observation, you will be able to determine which method works the best for you in order to grow the healthiest plant possible in the future.
You should begin fertilization about four weeks after the new plant has been placed in soil. For plants that you started from a seed, you can begin fertilization when they grow to about two inches in height. While the plants should be strong enough to sustain themselves without fertilizer, using it will only help the results.
Make sure to transfer the plants to new pots every few weeks as they enjoy lots of room for their root system to grow. The salvia herb does not need much direct sunlight, and grows best in shaded areas. Keep direct sunlight exposure limited to less than four hours per day. The ideal temperature for salvia to grow in would be any where between 60 and 80 degrees fehrenheit. After the plant has reached one meter in height, make sure that you give it the proper support needed to stand up straight. Salvia divinorum stems are not very strong, and if they do not have the proper support, they will fall over.
Practice using different soil, and potting strategies several times to find the best possible combination to grow healthy salvia plants in your area. After a few attempts, you will be well on your way to having your very own salvia garden!