What do I need to start with?
I have often been asked by people either interested in getting or just having
received plants, "Well, what do I need to start with?"
I've put a lot of advice regarding the care of Salvia divinorum on this
web-site. I hope people will find it useful, but at the same time one
shouldn't be intimidated in knowing where to start by what can seem like too
As I suggest elsewhere, with all the advice you can read (including my own
information to some extent), it's quite easy to get psyched out initially and/or
go over the top with your plants in trying to provide them with the most perfect
and ideal of conditions. It's natural to want to take the best care of them but
remember that a lot of advice is coming from 'enthusiasts'.
I'll emphasise again my agreement with the person who said that they'd heard
and read so much about the care and maintenance of the plants before actually
seeing one that they expected to witness something really fragile and exotic
kept alive with all manner of alien contraptions and artifice.
Over all these plants are quite hardy, adaptive and easy to grow indoors.
To start with you don't need too much equipment; you don't need artificial
lights, hydroponics or anything fancy.
Initially, on receipt of a plant, you don't need anything! Maybe a
spray-misting gun (99p - PoundStretcher!) and a saucer. You won't want to re-pot
straight away. It is best to let a newly received plant 'settle in' for a few
After that at some point you'll need a bigger pot, maybe a bigger saucer, a
stick (or two, for support), some humus compost and some vermiculite.
Vermiculite to mix with the compost is probably the most 'technical' thing
you'll need, i.e. you'll probably need to go to a garden centre to get it. You
could try without, but I swear by it. There's more detail elsewhere on the