Overview of Salvia
The salvia flower plants exist in dry or moist areas where the temperature is normally hot. Some other names associated with this plant species include sage of the diviners and seer’s sage. The plant is native to a mountainous area of Oaxaca, Mexico called the Sierra Mazateca. You’ll find it in a cloud forest where the outdoor conditions are moist, humid, and dim.
Salvia plants grow to more than one meter in height. Their leaves are large, and their hollow stems are shaped like a square. Perhaps the most popular feature of salvia plants are the psychoactive properties in their leaves. People like to consume these leaves by brewing, chewing, or smoking them. It is said that once the psychoactive properties are consumed, the person will experience hallucinations and other opioid-like symptoms.
The hallucinatory effects happen in under one minute and last for up to 60 minutes. Some people experience stronger symptoms than others. You might experience mood swings, weak coordination, dizziness, poor concentration, speech slurring, and a feeling like you’re detached from reality. For this reason, it is better to consume small doses in moderation.
Certain states have laws against possessing and growing salvia, so make sure it is legally acceptable for you to have the plant in your area first. Although you may not be allowed to consume it internally, you can still grow the salvia plants for aesthetic reasons. These are beautiful plants which bloom into all sorts of shapes and colors. In fact, they even provide a nice fragrance that you’ll just love to be around. This should be no surprise since they’re a member of the mint family.
Growing a Salvia Plant
Salvia plants can grow under the sun or shade. As long as the temperature is hot and the soil is moist, then it is all that matters. The soil must drain well too, so keep it loose for up to one foot into the ground. A three-inch compost layer needs to be mixed into the soil. Compost, as you probably know, supplies an abundance of nutrients to the soil. Three inches should be enough to keep the salvia plant roots strong and fast in their growth.
The best time to plant salvias in the ground is toward the end of the spring when all the risks of frost and cold are over with. Depending on where you live, the frost dates will vary. You should research them to find out when the frost in your local area usually ends. When you’re ready to transfer the salvia plant from its pot or container to the ground, make sure the diameter of the hole is double the diameter of the pot or container.
As you go to place the salvia plant in the hole, the surface of the soil should be aligned with the upper portion of the root ball. If you’re planting more than one saliva plant, keep them at a minimum of 1 foot apart. However, it may be better to keep them up to 3 feet from each other. It all depends on which salvia plant variety you’re using. Next, fill the perimeter of the plant until the soil is nice and firm. Now you just need to worry about watering and maintaining the plant. If you live in a cold environment, then keep the salvia plant in a pot or container indoors.
It is important for the salvia plant soil to retain moisture. To do this, apply a small layer of mulch on the soil which surrounds the plant. This should be done regularly throughout the growing season so that the soil can keep its moisture. If any of the blooms have faded, then simply remove them to allow for more blooming to continue. Each salvia plant should be watered once per week. You’ll need around 1 inch of dampness underneath the surface of the soil.
You may notice a lot of weed growth throughout the season. Weeds thrive on nutrients and water, just like normal plants do. In fact, weeds and salvia plants are in competition with one another to absorb these elements. You must control the competition to favor the salvia plants over the weeds. This can be done by applying mulch to the soil and removing weeds where they’re not wanted.