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mjsponies

mjsponies
DeLand/Deleon Spring, FL
(Zone 8b)

April 15, 2010
12:59 PM

Post #7708002

Ok, so I cheated and gave it a "frost cloth" jacket over the winter. But I knew so many would not be up and blooming yet, and I wanted the hummer's to have something to snack on...what I've never seen before on it is the White stamens...is that normal when they get big?

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Rich_dufresne
Candor, NC

April 15, 2010
8:55 PM

Post #7709073

This image suggests that the corolla hood is shriveling on the affected flowers. Can you put the anthers from these flowers next to some from normal flowers and compare sizes?

Bumblebees can also cause this effect.

mjsponies

mjsponies
DeLand/Deleon Spring, FL
(Zone 8b)

April 16, 2010
2:26 AM

Post #7709288

Rich,
I'll try to do that today. We've had hummers galore, but not much in the way of bumblebee's yet.
luvplantsinms2
Eupora, MS

April 17, 2010
4:35 AM

Post #7712009

Beautiful MJ..you sent me cuttings..but had no luck rooting them.
SusanLouise
Lincoln, NE
(Zone 5b)

April 27, 2010
8:37 PM

Post #7743958

I had Purple Majesty for 2 years. Both times, by the time the plants sent out their long shoots of blooms, 75% of their stalks broke off. It's the only Salvia besides Yvonne's (only grew to 18"...not 5' like they were supposed to) that I ever had issues with. It was very disheartning to go out to the garden and pick up the broken branches almost daily :(

mjsponies

mjsponies
DeLand/Deleon Spring, FL
(Zone 8b)

April 28, 2010
3:15 AM

Post #7744343

susan,
Only time I've had that issue is if we have high winds. It's perennial here, so the stalks get pretty thick and sturdy. I do cut it back from time to time, ( which will be soon again) especially a 4-5 weeds or so before we get into rainy weather, causes it grows like gangbusters then too !
SusanLouise
Lincoln, NE
(Zone 5b)

April 28, 2010
10:07 PM

Post #7747350

mjsponies,

I grow many salvias that reach heights of 5' or more (Praeclara was 7', Stan Dreamsicle almost 7', Black and Blue 5', Subrotunda 5' and Azurea 5'+)...but the Purple Majesty is the only salvia in our gardens that breaks its stalks with it's flower stems.

ge1836

ge1836
Pittsford, NY
(Zone 6a)

April 30, 2010
2:58 AM

Post #7750404

I just discovered this forum.I'll be back later
SusanLouise
Lincoln, NE
(Zone 5b)

August 1, 2010
8:06 PM

Post #8012238

Well folks, I broke down and tried this salvia one more time. Would you believe that cut worms have broken 50% of the stalks...and the tallest ones to boot! AGH!
No other Salvia we grow has a cut worm issue. What's going on?
What is it about this Salvia that attracts cut worms and no other? It's also in the family of plants with B&B and Argentine Skies...it's just wierd why There seems to be only problems with Purple Majesty.

We grow B&B, Argentine Skies, Coral Numph, Stan Dreamsicle, Lady in Red, Black Cherry, Raspberry Delight, Hot Lips, Ultra Violet, Subrotunda, and Praeclara too.

Purple Majesty seems to be the only one that gives me grief :(

mjsponies

mjsponies
DeLand/Deleon Spring, FL
(Zone 8b)

August 2, 2010
4:32 AM

Post #8012613

Susan, that is weird...I've tried the Argentine Skies, twice, both times it just never thrived. I've got one more start out there in a pot in partial shade I was going to wait till fall to plant out. If it doesn't take this time I'm done with it.
Course this year may not be the best year to judge plants as it has been harsh both directions, both winter cold and not the summer from
" he**" ! Or on the flip side a good year to judge, cause if they get thru this summer, they gotta be tough !
Mangogirl
Jacksonville, FL
(Zone 9a)

April 28, 2012
8:15 PM

Post #9101951

Planted on March 12. Photos were taken today (April 28).

Carol

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ge1836

ge1836
Pittsford, NY
(Zone 6a)

April 29, 2012
1:51 AM

Post #9102116

What a fantastic color
bigred
Ashdown, AR
(Zone 8a)

May 26, 2012
5:57 AM

Post #9139080

I recently ordered Royal Purple Autumn Sage...hope it's as lovely as this one.

I have problems with wind breaking stems on tall flower spikes too. A neighbor gave me about 2 dz. tomato cages ...use what I need on tomatoes and the rest I will start using for tall perennials next year. May not be the prettiest sight in the gardens but I'm tired of loosing my blooms.
ecrane3
Dublin, CA
(Zone 9a)

May 26, 2012
7:11 AM

Post #9139139

You could also try going lighter on your watering--I have noticed my Salvias that are in the path of runoff from my neighbor's lawn sprinkler grow a lot taller & floppier than ones that aren't near the sprinklers and get watered very rarely. Also not sure if you're fertilizing them, but that can also make them grow taller & floppier.

mjsponies

mjsponies
DeLand/Deleon Spring, FL
(Zone 8b)

May 26, 2012
9:15 AM

Post #9139314

One thing I learned to do with this one was to wack it back in June, then it bushes out...reblooms very quickly also and keeps the floopies in check.
dmac085
Greensboro, NC
(Zone 7a)

June 27, 2012
9:04 AM

Post #9183326

I really need to get that one--really beautiful blooms:)
Rich_dufresne
Candor, NC

June 28, 2012
5:50 AM

Post #9184428

I understand that Salvia Amistad is showing up in California nurseries now..

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