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Salvia recognita growing tips?

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I've had around 50% germination rate for some seed I bought from UK supplier. But it seems the young seedlings are very prone to damping off -- at some point they typically just wilt and fall over. I'm wondering has anyone had success raising S. recognita from seed? Please share any growing tips, experience you might have. 

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most so called "plant gurus" would say damping off is caused by soil pathogenes, and too much humidety.

so people sterilize soil and seeds, air the growing area, check for perfect light levels, and THE SEEDLINGS STILL DAMP OFF:ana:.

 

than there is the "plant hippy", he's using 3 times already recycled soil, and shows little thought, for what he is trying to achive. 

and ALL SEEDLINGS STAY STRONG AND PROSPER!:wub:.

DISCLAMER:

actual outcome might vary, compared to this mentioned suggestion.

the author never grew recognita from seed.

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These particular seedlings dislike humidity. Risk of damping off, especially first 7 to 10 days. I was going to advise against the use of peat Jiffy pellets, but the trick is to ensure that they dry out between waterings. I've got mine indoors, on a warming mat. These are the strongest contenders so far. I think I killed some previous by overwatering. Any free-draining mix would probably also work, if not even better. 

 

My seeds from UK supplier arrived with a generic note advising: remove from humidity dome at first signs of germination. Good advice, I reckon (I was skeptical at first).

 

Still, only about 50% germination rate for me. I didn't soak any of the seeds prior (had intended to, by way of experiment, but concluded the soaking wasn't a good idea for this variety, given its aversion to humidity).

 

Look forward to hear other gardener's reports. 

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I’ve had them flowering but then last summers storms killed them…no seeds.

 

My tip would be grow them like a cactus, always let them dry out before watering. Mine did well in mostly shade.

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