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Growing Sage, also Common Sage

Jan F M A M J J A S O N Dec
                  P P P

(Best months for growing Sage in New Zealand - cool/mountain regions)

P = Sow seed

  • Sow in garden. Sow seed at a depth approximately three times the diameter of the seed. Best planted at soil temperatures between 50°F and 77°F. (Show °C/cm)
  • Space plants: 20 inches apart
  • Harvest in approximately 18 months. Time reduced if grown from cuttings.
  • Compatible with (can grow beside): Broccoli, Cauliflower, Rosemary, Cabbage and Carrots
  • Common sage
    Common sage
  • Sage flowers
    Sage flowers

Sage grows well from seeds but it is slow developing.

One plant will usually be enough for the average household.

A plant grown from a cutting will be ready to use in about 3 months.

Stake or protect from strong winds, otherwise the plant may snap off the main stem.

Sage will grow almost anywhere as long as it is in full sun for most of the day. Sage does not like soil that is moist all the time - Avoid frequent watering even in the middle of the summer.

Culinary hints - cooking and eating Sage

The leaves are used to flavour stuffing and meat dishes.
Sage keeps well if dried.

Your comments and tips

29 Nov 17, Maz (New Zealand - temperate climate)
Hi working in a nursery and having trouble with sage cuttings dying. In the last few weeks most of the sage cuttings die - the cuttings are done early in morning with rooting powder then placed on a misting table until roots form. Over winter no issues but the warmer weather has created havoc. Any suggestions - should they not be put on a misting table where they get sprayed throughout the day? Thanks in advance. Maz
13 Aug 16, Meg (Australia - cool/mountain climate)
I live in temperate climate but we have had quite a chilly winter and spring with some frosts, so I chose cool/mountain to reflect local conditions at the moment. I live in the hills outside Melbourne. My white sage looks sick - nothing like when I first bought it - with its top leaves and stem drooping and some pale brown patches appearing on the leaves. It's still in its pot - was advised best not to plant out until warmer weather. I've kept it in a sheltered position and well-drained but its looking sicker by the day. I would be very grateful for some advice, thankyou.
24 Jun 17, Janine A Young (Australia - temperate climate)
It sounds like it may be over-watered to me. Sage prefers to dry out between deep waterings. In Winter a weekly water would be the most frequent I would attempt; but a better indication of when to water is when a fingertip inserted into the soil finds it dry to the depth of 1inch.
14 Dec 15, derek (South Africa - Dry summer sub-tropical climate)
Is sage compatible to grow with thyme, rosemary and basil in the same pot or I am using a old wheel borrow.
02 Apr 15, Bongi (South Africa - Humid sub-tropical climate)
where will I get seeds for sage
15 Mar 15, marlene (South Africa - Dry summer sub-tropical climate)
am in the western cape and have consistently had my sage dry out and die on me. No water, water, little water.....doesn't seem to matter what I do...... some tips from successful growers of sage in the Overberg area or thereabouts would be really appreciated
29 Aug 14, Do (Australia - tropical climate)
Hi. I live in Brisbane and wonder if I can use Salvia ‘Love and Wishes’ Salvia buchananii hybrid as a permanent shrub in full sun and how long it will live
26 Aug 14, tricua (Australia - temperate climate)
Who was the white sage seller in victoria on ebay
20 Apr 17, marilyn hoare (Australia - cool/mountain climate)
Itoo would like some white sage if anyone can help
25 Jan 14, Cass (Australia - temperate climate)
I have two sage plants growing near each other - currently only about 4 inches tall. On one plant only, the leaves seem to be being eaten by something which leaves a 'lace' type pattern on the leaves i.e. its not eating the leaf in its entirety, almost just nibbling away at the leaf between the veins, from the centre of the leaf outwards which leaves behind a 'lace' effect - quite unusual to see. Any feedback on what this is? how to treat? is it likely to spread to be non effected plant?
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