Growing Sage, also Common Sage

Salvia officinalis : Lamiaceae / the mint family

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

(Best months for growing Sage in Australia - tropical regions)

  • S = Plant undercover in seed trays
  • T = Plant out (transplant) seedlings
  • 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

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.
21 Nov 20, Steve (Australia - temperate climate)
We've been growing this sage from a plant ,with fabulous results, ie its growing faster than we are using it. But it has now flowered and we're not sure on what to do, cut the flower off or leave on ,cut the whole plant back or something else. Looking forward to your advice and recommendations. Thank you.
23 Nov 20, Anonymous (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
It probably can be cut back each year, google all these questions, that is how I learn things these days.
10 Apr 20, Christina (Australia - tropical climate)
Hi I live in northern New South Wales, a couple of kilometres from the coast. I have rosemary established (30cm) in a reasonably sized pot on my northern cement balcony & was considering placing a sage cutting in beside it. As they're compatible do you think they'd be comfy in the same pot or too crowded. Top of pot diameter is 35cm, height 30cm. Rosemary planted slightly to one side. Thanks, Christina
14 Apr 20, (Australia - temperate climate)
My suggestion do another pot.
27 Oct 19, Karen Chinner (Australia - temperate climate)
I am looking for somewhere I can purchase white sage from. Would appreciate any recommendations. Thank you!
28 Oct 19, (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
Look up a seed selling company on the internet. Boondie Seeds.
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
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