Growing Sage, also Common Sage

Salvia officinalis : Lamiaceae / the mint family

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

(Best months for growing Sage in USA - Zone 5a 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 10°C and 25°C. (Show °F/in)
  • Space plants: 50 cm 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

07 Jun 23, Stephen Gunthorpe (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
My Grandmother had an old tin bucket with a herb she used in Stuffing. She was the best cook ever. this plant has a thick leaf about 1/8 inch or more thick with a green colour. The leaves were about 30 mm long and 25 mm wide, I think it was a bit hairy. I am trying to identify it but this was 60 years ago. Can anyone provide me with some idea of what it was Thank You Stephen g
14 May 23, Chris (USA - Zone 6b climate)
Are the flowers edible?
12 Apr 23, marco (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
my sage the leaf curls and starts going brown ...i can take the leaves off yet not much left of the plant .i think they are spider mites .any solution on a natural spray i can use .we use all the time ...
10 Sep 22, Cindy Rickard (Australia - tropical climate)
I am moving to Stanthorpe very soon and wanting to make smudge sticks. Would love tips on growing white sage, rosemary, lavender please? How are you going with it Gail and Geraldine?
14 Sep 22, Anonymous (Australia - cool/mountain climate)
Read the notes here about growing each of these and do some research on the internet - growing in cool climate zone.
12 Oct 21, (Canada - Zone 2a Sub-Arctic climate)
Can this sage be used for smudging?
12 Oct 21, Bill Backouris (USA - Zone 10b climate)
in southern california zone 10b when should I prune back my mexican sage, also how severe a prunning is required
27 Sep 21, Sereima (Australia - tropical climate)
Can I grow clary sage in Fiji?
28 Sep 21, Anon (South Africa - Semi-arid climate)
Compare your climate to a New Zealand or Australian climate and then check the planting guide here for that climate. You would be tropic probably.
27 Jul 21, Georgia (USA - Zone 7b climate)
Is sage a biannual plant. After my big plant bloomed it died.
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