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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
  • 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

15 May 18, Elaine (South Africa - Summer rainfall climate)
Great site but it needs a search bar for plants. Is the planting season the same for Clary Sage (Salvia sclarera)?
15 May 18, Liz (New Zealand - temperate climate)
If you click on the 'Vegetables and Herbs' tab - top right, home page - you can search for vegetables.
26 Apr 18, Sal (New Zealand - cool/mountain climate)
pinch the flowers if you want to foster increased leaf production.
12 Oct 18, Rose (Australia - temperate climate)
I pick my flowers off every year, and 4yr old shrubs are now 1m round balls of deliciously scented leaves
26 Apr 18, Gail (Australia - temperate climate)
Howdy im working towards being a white sage grower in South Australia, if you're interested in being apart of my journey, feel free to email me. Cheers.
16 Jun 19, Lois (New Zealand - temperate climate)
Hi Gail, i'd be interested in hearing about your white sage growing. Hopefully my email address is visible t you! Cheers, Lois (Gardenate doesn't show email addresses unless they are part of the comment -Liz)
16 Jun 19, Lois (New Zealand - temperate climate)
Thanks Liz. Gail, if you have time to keep in touch, my email is [email protected] Thank you
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.
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