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Ask Mr. Sage

Ask Mr. Sage is our new question-and-answer feature. It is based on topics raised in calls and emails we receive at Flowers by the Sea. Questions cover a broad range of topics concerning sages (Salvia spp.), companion plants and general gardening topics. When you have a particularly helpful question and we have an answer, then Mr. Sage speaks!




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Ask Mr. Sage: First-Aid for Salvia Frost Damage

Ask Mr. Sage: First-Aid for Salvia Frost Damage


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Posted: Nov 20, 2014 05:22 PM
Synopsis: Harsh winter weather in areas that normally have mild conditions can bring unwelcome surprises, including the death of favorite plants. This article talks about how and when to remediate frost damage to favorite Salvias in warmer USDA Cold Hardiness Zones. It concludes with a sidebar about a harmful cold snap in California's Bay Area that killed plants as well as birds in 1972 and which changed planting choices at the University of California Botanical Garden at Berkeley. Ask Mr. Sage is a regular feature that is based on topics raised in calls and emails we receive at Flowers by the Sea.
Ask Mr. Sage: How to Select Plants in Warm Zones

Ask Mr. Sage: How to Select Plants in Warm Zones


Category: Ask Mr. Sage
Posted: Nov 7, 2014 08:22 AM
Synopsis: Ask Mr. Sage answers questions based on calls and emails that Flowers by the Sea receives. This one concerns how to select plants when you move to a different USDA cold hardiness zone, such as in a warmer climate.
Ask Mr. Sage: How Should I Space Salvias When Planting

Ask Mr. Sage: How Should I Space Salvias When Planting


Category: Ask Mr. Sage
Posted: Oct 27, 2014 06:02 PM
Synopsis: By spacing Salvias properly when planting, you avoid problems caused either by overcrowding or leaving too much space around individual plants. Most Salvias are healthier with good air circulation. Crowding leads to the spread of fungal diseases and pests, such as spider mites. Too wide of spacing may cause branches to break in high winds. By paying attention to plant measurements before planting, you can create a good spacing plan. Ask Mr. Sage is a Q&A feature based on topics raised in calls and emails to FBTS.
Ask Mr. Sage: How to Prevent Root Disease in Plants for Dry Gardens

Ask Mr. Sage: How to Prevent Root Disease in Plants for Dry Gardens


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Posted: Oct 19, 2014 11:55 AM
Synopsis: Learn how to prevent root rot and keep dry-garden Salvias healthy by providing optimum growing conditions and avoiding overwatering. Ask Mr. Sage is a Q&A feature based on topics raised in calls and emails to Flowers by the Sea. This one, which concerns a Salvia species that is drought resistant and native to a dry climate, considers how to identify and prevent rot caused by a complex of soil pathogens that attack when roots.
Ask Mr. Sage: How to Water Desert Plants

Ask Mr. Sage: How to Water Desert Plants


Category: Ask Mr. Sage
Posted: Oct 5, 2014 05:25 PM
Synopsis: Overwatering harms desert plants more than underwatering. When growing them, you need to consider the quantity, duration and timing of watering. Excellent soil drainage is also essential. This article talks about how to identify overwatering and establish an effective watering schedule. Ask Mr. Sage is a Q&A feature based on topics raised in calls and emails to FBTS.
Ask Mr. Sage: Why FBTS Uses Foam Packing Peanuts & How to Reuse Them

Ask Mr. Sage: Why FBTS Uses Foam Packing Peanuts & How to Reuse Them


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Posted: Oct 3, 2014 05:55 PM
Synopsis: It isn't easy being completely green. Flowers by the Sea explains why polystyrene packing peanuts are essential for shipping and what you can do with them after unpacking your orders. Ecofriendly reuses include donating them to shipping companies and using them to lighten container plantings. Ask Mr. Sage is a Q&A feature based on topics raised in calls and emails to FBTS.
Ask Mr. Sage: When Is It Too Late for Autumn Planting?

Ask Mr. Sage: When Is It Too Late for Autumn Planting?


Category: Ask Mr. Sage
Posted: Sep 20, 2014 01:46 PM
Synopsis: Learn how to determine the best start and stop times for fall planting. Ask Mr. Sage is a Q&A feature based on topics raised in calls and emails to Flowers by the Sea. This post concerns fall planting and provides tools for making decisions based on local frost dates and temperatures.
Ask Mr. Sage: How to Use the 'Email Me When Back in Stock' Button

Ask Mr. Sage: How to Use the 'Email Me When Back in Stock' Button


Category: Ask Mr. Sage
Posted: Aug 9, 2014 05:08 PM
Synopsis: Ask Mr. Sage is a question-and-answer feature based on topics raised in calls and emails that Flowers by the Sea receives. This post concerns the FBTS "Email Me When Back in Stock" button -- a feature on our plant description pages that allows customers to request notification as soon as out-of-stock plants become available again.
Ask Mr. Sage: Shipping Outside the Lower 48 States

Ask Mr. Sage: Shipping Outside the Lower 48 States


Category: Ask Mr. Sage
Posted: Jul 18, 2014 07:53 AM
Synopsis: Ask Mr. Sage is a question-and-answer feature based on calls and emails received at Flowers by the Sea. This inquiry concerns whether FBTS ships plants to foreign countries and parts of the nation outside the continental U.S. The simple answer is "Yes." The complicated answer about shipping to foreign countries is that the process is time consuming, costly and highly regulated. We won't break exportation rules
Ask Mr. Sage: Do You Ship to My Address?

Ask Mr. Sage: Do You Ship to My Address?


Category: Ask Mr. Sage
Posted: Jun 16, 2014 06:09 PM
Synopsis: Ask Mr. Sage answers questions based on calls and emails that Flowers by the Sea receives. This one talks about how we work with you if a glitch arises in shipping. It concerns addresses to which Flowers by the Sea can mail plants.