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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: How Light and Growing Conditions Affect Flower Color

Ask Mr. Sage: How Light and Growing Conditions Affect Flower Color


Category: Ask Mr. Sage
Posted: Jun 7, 2014 09:07 AM
Synopsis: Ask Mr. Sage answers questions based on calls and emails that Flowers by the Sea receives. This one explains the many factors that can cause the color of a plant's flowers to vary from one location to another. The blossom color of Flowers by the Sea plants in your garden may not always exactly match the colors in our photographs.
Ask Mr. Sage: What Hummingbird and Butterfly Salvias Tolerate Lots of Moisture

Ask Mr. Sage: What Hummingbird and Butterfly Salvias Tolerate Lots of Moisture


Category: Ask Mr. Sage
Posted: Jun 1, 2014 10:00 PM
Synopsis: Ask Mr. Sage answers questions based on calls and emails that Flowers by the Sea receives. This one explains how to cruise the Flowers by the Sea online catalog to find butterfly and hummingbird Salvias that can handle lots of moisture.
Ask Mr. Sage: Does Flowers by the Sea Sell Seeds?

Ask Mr. Sage: Does Flowers by the Sea Sell Seeds?


Category: Ask Mr. Sage
Posted: May 1, 2014 03:09 PM
Synopsis: Ask Mr. Sage answers questions based on calls and emails that Flowers by the Sea receives. Sometimes customers want to purchase seed, but FBTS doesn't produce seed for sale. This article talks about the reasons why, including the complications of producing seed that is certified to grow true to its parent stock.
Ask Mr. Sage: What Sages Grow in Clay Soils?

Ask Mr. Sage: What Sages Grow in Clay Soils?


Category: Ask Mr. Sage
Posted: Apr 2, 2014 05:51 PM
Synopsis: Ask Mr. Sage answers questions based on calls and emails that Flowers by the Sea receives, such as concerns about what Salvias will grow in clay soils. This article talks about specific plants for dry and wet clay conditions, how to improve soil drainage and planting on slopes in wet areas.

 

Ask Mr. Sage: How to Control Snails

Ask Mr. Sage: How to Control Snails


Category: Ask Mr. Sage
Posted: Mar 30, 2014 06:01 PM
Synopsis: Ask Mr. Sage is a Q&A feature from Flowers by the Sea. This one talks about how to ward off snails and slugs safely through simple organic methods, including barriers and handpicking, as well as through careful use of iron-phosphate pesticides. It also talks about how to nurse damaged Salvias back to health.
Ask Mr. Sage: How to Identify Fertilizer Burn

Ask Mr. Sage: How to Identify Fertilizer Burn


Category: Ask Mr. Sage
Posted: Oct 22, 2013 08:20 AM
Synopsis:

Ask Mr. Sage is our blog's new question-and-answer feature, based on calls and emails received at Flowers by the Sea. This question concerns dark spotting on foliage that may be caused by fertilizer burn.

Ask Mr. Sage: How to Combat Whiteflies Safely

Ask Mr. Sage: How to Combat Whiteflies Safely


Category: Ask Mr. Sage
Posted: Aug 14, 2013 07:59 AM
Synopsis: Ask Mr. Sage is our blog's new question-and-answer feature, based on calls and emails received at Flowers by the Sea. This question concerns how to safely rid Salvias of Whiteflies and their eggs.