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How to Grow Sage

Common Sage, or Garden sage, can be found growing wild in the Mediterranean region. There are over 750 species grown all over the world. Like many herbs, it is also considered a flower. This herb grows as a shrub.

Sage is strong odored, and bitter tasting. It is commonly used in cooking.

The bushes usually grow up to two feet high, with grey-green leaves. The leaves have a pebbled texture. Flowers have circular clusters of white, pink or violet.


Plant Propagation:

Sage plants are grown from seed. They can be directly seeded into your garden, or started indoors for transplanting later. Start sage seeds indoors, six weeks before the last frost. If planting outdoors, sow seeds after the soil has begun to warm in the spring.

Sow sage seeds early in the season, and cover lightly with soil.

Space seedlings or thin plants to 12" apart.

Days to germination: 14-21

Plant Height: up to 24 inches


How to Grow Sage Plants:

Growing Sage plants is very easy. The plants prefer full sun and a well drained soil.

They will do well in average soils and tolerate dry soil conditions. Water them during dry periods, once or twice per week.

Add a general purpose fertilizer once or twice a season.

Cut back plants after blooming, to promote new growth.


Main Cooking Uses:

The leaves and stems of this herb, are used in cooking for flavoring sausages, pork, sauces, cheese, dressings and stuffing. Grandma probably uses sage in Thanksgiving turkey stuffing.

Sage  leaves are also brewed for tea.


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