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Growing Sage, also Common Sage

Jan F M A M J J A S O N Dec
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(Best months for growing Sage in Australia - tropical regions)

P = Sow seed

May: Best grown in large pots or planter boxes as sage cannot cope with very wet soil.

  • 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

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.
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.
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?
24 Mar 14, Queen (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
Sage plants care Its probably eaten by ... Leaf Miner. The best way is to manually cut the affected leaf off and do not leave any traces as they reproduce in short time. Sage do not like moist soil. Avoid peat moss. Use top soil with Perlite. All the best and have fun gardening.
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