Growing Sage

growing sage

Sage (salvia officinalis) is a widely cultivated herb that is native to the Mediterranean region. It is a low shrub with pale, velvet-soft greyish green leaves. Sage is member of the mint family. Growing Sage is easy and the plant does well in containers, the ground and indoors. Sage is popular both in the kitchen as well as for what some consider to be medicinal purposes.

Growing Sage from seed

  • Plant sage in full sun.
  • Sage should be planted in well-draining soil; it won’t tolerate sitting in wet soil.
  • Sow seeds up to two weeks before the last frost date.
  • Plant the seed in well-drained soil 1 to 2 weeks before the last spring frost.
  • Sage seeds will take about 3 weeks to germinate, and then you can transplant seedlings to your prepared soil.
  • In the garden, plant near rosemary, cabbage, and carrots, but keep sage away from cucumbers.

Maintaining Sage Plants
  • Be sure to water the young plants regularly until they are fully grown so that they don’t dry out. They’ll need a consistent moisture supply until they start growing quickly.
  • Prune the heavier, woody stems every spring.
  • It’s best to replace the plants every few years so they remain productive.

Harvesting Sage
  • Pinch off leaves or snip off small sprigs from the plant.
  • During the first year, harvest lightly to ensure that the plant grows fully.
  • After the first year, be sure to leave a few stalks so that the plant can rejuvenate in the future.
  • If fully established, one plant can be harvested up to three times in one season.
  • Stop harvesting in autumn so the plant can prepare for winter.
  • Sage’s flavor is best when fresh, but it can be stored frozen or dried.
  • To dry, hang sprigs in a shady, well-ventilated area and allow them to air dry, waiting until the leaves crumble easily to store in tightly lidded jars.
  • To freeze, Freeze leaves or stalks on a tray, then move the leaves into a zippered bag or container.
Medical Disclaimer

Information is for educational and informational purposes only and may not be construed as medical advice. The information is not intended to replace medical advice or treatment offered by healthcare professionals.

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