Sage is an herb that's a hardy perennial with soft, green leaves. Often used in cooking, sage provides a classic taste to any dish. Learn how to grow sage, care for it, and harvest it. Sage is a great herb to have in your kitchen as it can easily be grown in pots, and doesn't require too much sun.

How to Grow Sage in Pots

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Planting Sage:

  • Although sage CAN be grown from seeds, we highly recommend that sage be grown from cuttings from a sage plant. If you do decide to grow from seeds, follow the same procedures.
  • Start cuttings indoors 6-10 weeks before the last spring frost.
  • Plant your cuttings in well drained soil about 25-30 inches apart.
  • For optimal growth, soil should be between 60-70F.
  • Plants should be 12-30 inches in height.
  • If planting in the garden, you can place sage near rosemary, cabbage, and carrots, but keep away from cucumbers.

Caring for Sage Plants:

  • Water your sage plants regularly until they are fully grown.
  • Every spring, prune the heavier woody stems.
  • For best quality, replace the plants every 4-5 years.

Harvesting Sage:

  • During the first year, harvest lightly to ensure full plant growth.
  • After the first year, be sure to leave a few stalks so the plant can rejuvenate.
  • A sage plant should be harvested up to three times in one season.

Happy Planting!

How to Grow Sage

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