Common Sage Guide
Sage has a strong herbaceous scent and earthy flavor with a touch of sweetness found in other members of the Mint family. Be sure to add sage early in your cooking process so as to not overwhelm the dish or give some diced Sage a quick fry in your pan for a mellowed Sage flavor and next level garnish.
Sage grows well in a wide range of temperatures between 50°F-85°F. They do great in containers and gardens. Bank on Seeds recommends transplanting.
If Direct Seeding
- Direct seed outside 4-5 weeks after last frost date; or
- Direct seed into a container 8-10 inches deep and wide anytime of the year. It can be placed outside when the temperature is between 50°F-85°F; or
Begin the growing season early and start the sage seeds indoors in pods 3-4 weeks before the last frost date; germination is best between 65°F-80°F. It can be transplanted outside 6 weeks later.
Sow seeds ¼ inch deep and 24-30 inches apart with rows spaced 12-24 inches apart. Germination will take 7-21 days.
Thin the seedlings to 12 inches apart if they start competing for space or light.
Sage only needs well-drained soil. They also love full sun but will tolerate partial shade. Water every week in the first 4 weeks. Once established, water moderately, letting the soil dry before watering again – check the top 3-4 inches and if dry, then water the soil. Sage is drought tolerant.
Option to add aged compost onto the top layer of soil or mix into the soil for continued nutrition for the plants. 5-10-10 fertilizer can be applied every 3-4 weeks but is not necessary.
Sage is full grown (mature) in 80 days. Pick the leaves as needed to use fresh or cut stems and bundle them upside down to be used dried.
Root rot – ensure soil is well draining or the container has good drainage holes that are not blocked
*Plant sage with beans, peas, cabbage, tomatoes, and carrots. Avoid planting with cucumbers. *