Sage Care Guide

Sage is a great companion plant to strawberries, tomatoes, carrots, and cabbage. One herb that it prefers to be next to is rosemary! If you let it flower, the beneficial insects will come-a-calling to help your garden.
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  • Light : High

    Plant in full sun (6-8 hours) to produce flowering stems.

  • Water : Medium

    Keep the plant in well draining soil and consistently moist for the best results.

  • Humidity : Low

    Humidity isn't needed for this plant. It is used to arid climates.

  • Temp : 60℉ - 70℉

    This plant can withstand a frost after its fully established and rooted. It does best in temps between 60°F-70°F.

  • Zone : 4|5|6|7|8|9|10

    Grow outside in the full sun (6-8 hours). It is a perennial in zones 4-10 and will rejuvenate in spring after the last frost.

  • Fertilizer : Seasonally

    Give a dose of high potassium fertilizer in the spring.

  • Repotting : Rarely

    To transplant into a garden bed, water your plant the night before. Cultivate the soil to an 8-10 inch depth. Dig the hole twice as wide as the grower pot and the same depth (not deeper). Remove the sage and center in the hole. Water in the hole and let drain. Add organic compost mixed with your native soil and mix. Fill around the plant and up to the top of its soil line. Tamp down with your hands to remove any air pockets. Water again around the drip line, then mulch up to the drip line of the plant to help retain moisture. Keep his soil moist as it gets established. He can take bouts of drought after he's established.

  • Cleaning : As needed

    Clip the sage in the spring and several times throughout the growing season to boost his young shoots with a potent flavor. Trimming will limit legginess and flowering if you're using it for a culinary herb.

  • Propagation : Cuttings

    Water the mother plant the night before to hydrate all the stem ends. After adequate growth on the main plant, take a cutting, using sharp pruners to remove a softwood cutting measuring 3-5 inches. Remove any bottom leaves up 1-2 inches. Moisten a half mixture of sand and coir mix. Dip the end of the stem in rooting hormone and poke a tiny hole in the planting mix and plant the stem, then tamp the soil down around it to secure it. Water the plant often to keep the soil consistently moist while it roots. Place the cutting in bright indirect sunlight. After 4-6 weeks, the roots should establish. Acclimate the sage to normal light conditions a few hours a day, starting in the morning light and progressing each day over a two to three-week period. Transplant your new plant baby into rich garden soil in full sun and consistent soil moisture. Give a dose of high potassium fertilizer in the spring.