Seeds germinate in 3-5 days. After germ (stage 2), dry down to a '3' regularly. Keeping seedlings too wet early on can lead to some abnormal growth. Grow plugs under short day photoperiod for best finished containers. As with all Salvia nemerosa, watch for spider mites and black bacterial leaf spots. Maintain pH 6.2-6.5. Susceptible to micronutrient toxicity.